Officials: Water may be smelly, but it’s safe

Fayette County Water System officials reported Tuesday that complaints from residents in north and central Peachtree City about a peculiar odor and taste in their drinking water is not cause for alarm. The problem is being resolved and the water is safe to drink, officials said.

Complaints from area residents began late last week, but Water System Director Tony Parrott said May 7 the “musky” odor in the water is no reason for alarm.

“Upon receiving complaints, the water system immediately dispatched staff to investigate the situation,” Parrott said. “It has been determined that the odor is due to a reaction from chlorine and the water from Lake Peachtree. The reaction was caused by a significant change in water temperature.”

Parrott said water system staff have been working diligently to resolve the situation. They diverted water from the south Fayette water plant into the system and are currently receiving a diminished number of complaints, Parrott said.

“The water is completely safe to drink,” said Parrott.

Parrott explained that because of the size of the water distribution system in the county totaling 650 miles of water lines, the issue with the odor could remain for a few days until the water is flushed through the system, Parrott said.

In a separate issue, Parrott said water system staff had received no complaints about a metallic taste in drinking water coming from areas around Lester Road in central Fayette County, although The Citizen has received at least one complaint.

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Piedmont Physicians new office water

down Hwy 54, just outside PTC (the new building) refused to use their water yesterday. How comfortable does that make us feel when medical offices don't have a water supply they feel comfortable using?

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Speaking of Piedmont Dr's and moving....why?

I liked the location they had just fine. Much easier access...golf cart friendly and bike friendly too. I know Doc Collins is an avid biker. The new location, bleh.

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Spyglass - Piedmont

For those of us that reside in Billy Goat Acres....you know that wilderness east of the "bubble"; the new location is great. Now we don't have to deal with SR 54 with all those @$#%^&@! stop lights and traffic.

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Good luck heading east

Out of there on 54.

Before access was easy off of Flat Creek in the back way. Nice and peaceful.

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just nasty

this has gone on for too long. local restaurants are having to go buy water for their customers, and ice. and you can't drink pretty much anything here, and in tyrone also where they have been affected. their answer was to come and flush the fire hydrants. not sure that will help either. for what i pay for water in PTC - I expect better. They jack the rates up so much on us in comparison to the other cities. Maybe someone needs to change that - is it a kick back maybe!
dirt taste in your mouth, not pleasant. i won't be buying anything to drink from anywhere around here for a very long time.

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Haddix: Water

The problem hit my house yesterday evening. In talking to one commissioner, not living in PTC, he has the same problem at his home.

This is not confined to PTC.

The Commissioners are aware and I emailed them the situation appears to be getting worse, not better. Chairman Brown serves on the Water Committee.

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It has been a week.

With no answers

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Swamp Water at my abode yesterday

Hopefully it is better today. They should pro-rate our bills for a few days this minth..,

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Water: Still really awful

I could care less about whether it is technically "safe" or not when it smells like moss growing on the Chattahoochee River.

5 gallons at Publix for $1.50 works a lot better for me than drinking or using ice cubes that smell like "earth."

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Communist Plot

It's a commie plot to rob us of our vital bodily fluids.

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Yummy water!

If you trust some lifetime county employee who regularly shows up for meetings with food still hanging off his beard and smells like goat to tell you the truth about anything, you need to think again.

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Water Problem Cover-Up

Tony Parrott has refused to provide an adequate explanation of how this putrid water problem occurred, and who was responsible. We are told it was a one day intake of warm water from Lake Peachtree, but there has been no explanation why the chlorine mix was not done correctly. Also, why hasn't this one day bad water intake already been cleared after 10 days? Seems like a cover-up.

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Water Quality Problem

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Something went wrong

and Mr. Parrott does not want to tell us. It's not just "chlorine reacts with water". It's an accident. And we still don't know why.

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Zhoufi - this mornings news radio

Announced that the problem was due to excessive rain.

If the county commission were smart, they would use this example to illustrate the need for the tax instead of messing around with the splost. But that is asking too much of these want to be leaders.

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The President is Responsible

I am waiting for Mr. Kawfi to inform us that the POTUS is responsible for the stinkus amongus. Surely, it is a Federal government cover up!

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If it smells bad, throw it out...

Isn't that what they say about food in your fridge? I'm not buying that the water is ok to drink and of course it's not just coincidental that the smell came right after the torrential rain fall last week. Sticking with my filtered water and ice and keeping my mouth shut in the shower...my house stinks like moldy grass after someone takes a shower...can't stand it much longer!

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If it smells bad, throw it out. okie dokey. will do

You talking about Haddix -right?

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I SMELL A COVERUP FIRST BENGHAZI NOW LIES ABOUT THE WATER

So the Water System must have the same spin doctors as our president. We went out to eat at a local restaurant where the water at the table.... "hot" tea, and quite frankly the food prepared with our wonderful elixir tasted awful. Not buying the party line story here. Something happened. Maybe the Citizen can be the ombudsman here and get some independent, third-party opinions. We seem to have had too much of this over the last 10 years.

Of course just my opinion.... and "HEY".... Don't drink the water...

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Some Additional Research...

What causes earthy, musty, swampy smelling water?

Usually the source of earthy, musty, or swampy tasting and smelling water starts well before is ever makes it to your home. This problem is most common if your water comes from a surface water source (lake, river, reservoir). Before the water reaches the water treatment plant algae, bacteria, and tiny fungi grow. Most water systems attempt to control these outbreaks before they make it to the treatment plant but sometimes they slip through. If they do make it into the treatment plant they rarely make it out. The treatment process itself will do away with the majority of any odor causing blooms. However, once in awhile the treatment process does not eliminate the odor causing chemicals that are leftover in the water. You end up with the smell of a swamp, pigpen, grass, must, or earth.

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Ptctrader - It all goes back to stormwater management

Maybe commission needs to finally address the stormwater issue instead of putzing around with a splost. Its all about stormwater management.

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Pictrader- Perhaps the heavy rains

I read where the recent storms caused an increase in e-coli and bacteria in the Chattahoochee.

Experts say the bacteria level increases when rain saturates the ground, rolls off the surface and ends up in the river. They say dry weather and sunshine should cause the levels to return to normal.

No expert here, but could our heavy rains be washing into our system and causing the smell

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Husband & Father-Too much rain?

Your explanation sounds more realistic to me. Why won't they just say that if that is the problem?

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G35 Dude

Perhaps they simply ........ Don't know!

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Perhaps they simply ........ Don't know!

Now that would be scary wouldn't it? If they didn't know what the problem is how sure could they be that it is safe to drink?

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G35 - The news confirmed today

As I was driving to work this morning AM750 confirmed that the water smell was a result of the heavy rains last week.

This is why we need to actually do something besides fix a few storm lines.

This should be a wake up call

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I'm no expert G35

And I don't know for sure that this is a result of the rain storms we've had, but I have my suspicions.

If everyone would research the federal clean water act, they would understand this better. The county right now is trying to pass the splost for stormwater repairs. While I agree that we do need funding for this to protect our roadways from collapsing, we also have to address much more to come closer to meeting the federal guidelines.

Where does the exhaust from cars or manufacturing plants land when it settles? Where does the oil go from cars when one has an oil leak? What happens when the landscaper puts chemicals on grass to keep it green? Where does the poop go when ones dog or farm animals have to go? It hits the pavement or grass.

When it starts to rain, they advise drivers to take it easy as the oil and gas rise and make the roads slippery as its channeled to our stormwater drains and into lakes, rivers, ect. Where does all the poop go? Same place, especially during heavy storms. Do you notice all the red clay and stick, and trash that litter the roadways by the inlets? Imagine what actually gets inside.

How clean can we really expect our water to be? This is why the clean water act is so important and why I think our cities and county government are actually putting a band aid on a problem that needs a lot more. I don't think it can be solved right away and it will never be perfect, but if I am correct in my hypothesis, we need to start now with a tax and begin playing catch up to other progressive counties in GA and throughout the country who are light years ahead of us.

Many companies are moving towards using responsible products, building facilities that utilize green construction products and these companies move to progressive neighborhoods that have the same values. Take a look at Clarke County. They have been addressing stormwater and the clean water act for a decade and they now show the fruits of this with manufacturing plants, labs, pharmaceutical facilities and low unemployment.

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It may be safe, but it is also nearly undrinkable

Hopefully the water is safe to drink, but at my house the taste and odor is so bad that we can't stand to drink it. I called the water system on Monday, and was told that it should improve soon, but I cannot tell that it has gotten any better since we noticed the problem 9 or 10 days ago.

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Fish Kill at Lake Peachtree

last year was enough of a warning that something is rotten in Denmark.

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MLC

If I remember correctly, the fish kill last fall was due to low oxygen. Not sure if there is a correlation or not.

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Exactly...

it happens occasionally.

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