Fayette’s ‘water’ gate problem: operator errors with intake, tests led to both plants’ shutdown

Photo from early June 2013 shows part of the Crosstown Water Treatment Plant in Peachtree City. Photo/John Munford.

Problems with high manganese levels that shut down both of Fayette County’s water treatment plants in the same week have been attributed to several operator errors, according to a report from the consulting engineer who helped fix the problem.

The Aug. 5 shutdown of the South Fayette plant was attributed to inaccurate readings of raw water testing and use of an incorrect intake gate on Lake Horton, according to consulting engineer Dr. Stuart Jeffcoat of CH2M Hill, who diagnosed the problems and allowed both plants to re-open. Read More»

Commissioner Barlow defends embattled water system chief

Fayette County Commissioner David Barlow in a file photo.

Even as a new report of water system errors was published this week, Fayette County Commissioner David Barlow gave a vigorous defense Aug. 15 of county Water System Director Tony Parrott.

Barlow, speaking from prepared remarks at the end of the commission’s meeting, said he too has “come under vicious attacks.” Read More»

Drive golf carts to Starr’s Mill H.S.? Tell commission Thurs.

County may change cart restrictions to allow more young drivers outside PTC

Fayette County officials may soon consider a change to its restrictions on golf cart drivers, with the idea of allowing students to drive golf carts to the campus of Starr’s Mill High School.

In Peachtree City, students can drive a golf cart on their own if they have a learner’s permit. But in the unincorporated county, students can only drive a cart if they have a full-fledged driver’s license, county officials said. Read More»

Commissioner McCarty wants to permit chicken keeping

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty wants to change the county’s zoning ordinances to allow citizens to raise up to a dozen female chickens in all zoning districts, except for subdivisions in which such is prevented by neighborhood associations.

The matter will be discussed at Thursday night’s commission meeting, which starts at the county’s Stonewall government complex in Fayetteville at 7 p.m.

Currently county ordinances only allow chickens to be raised in a district zoned for agricultural-residential use, which requires a minimum lot size of five acres. Read More»

Judge to seek legislators’ redistricting experts for map

NAACP President suggests county ‘conspiracy’ to discriminate against black residents by ignoring pleas for district voting Read More»

South Fayette water plant back online; manganese problem fixed

The South Fayette Water Treatment Plant is now producing water again, according to an email update from Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown, and environmental regulators report the water is meeting state guidelines and is thus "safe to drink." Read More»

New Coweta chief says top goals are quality of life, rural preservation

Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts is about one month into his new job position with county government. Assuming the new job after the retirement of long-time administrator Theron Gay, Fouts shared his outlook on the job, the county and the future.

It was on July 1 that Fouts, 33, began his service as Coweta County administrator with the retirement of Theron Gay. Fouts was an integral part of the succession planning put in place a few years ago in anticipation of Gay’s retirement. Read More»

County working to restart water plant

The South Fayette water treatment plant was offline for a third day Friday as a consultant evaluates the treatment processes there, working on a solution to counteract high manganese levels in the raw water supply, according to Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown.

Meanwhile, the consulting firm of CH2M Hill was also working to have raw water pumped into the Crosstown water treatment plant from the new Lake McIntosh reservoir Read More»

County hires consultant to fix water problem

Elevated manganese levels led to shutdown of S. Fayette water treatment plant

Spiked levels of manganese in treated water have forced the shutdown of the South Fayette Water Treatment Plant, and this morning the manganese levels were higher as well at the county’s only other water treatment plant, the Crosstown facility in Peachtree City.

At an emergency meeting today, the Fayette County Commission voted to spend $10,000 to have a consulting firm work on remedies to the issue so the South Fayette plant can begin to produce water again. The firm, CH2M Hill Engineers, is familiar with the water system having worked on fixing the smelly water issues that plagued the county for several weeks earlier this summer. Read More»

Water meeting moved to today at 5 p.m.

Brown: commission hot over water problems; latest is discolored water

The Fayette County Commission has accelerated its schedule to deal with more "issues" with the water system, scheduling an emergency meeting for today at 5 p.m.

The commission is slated to amend its contract with consulting firm CH2M Hill "as related to issues at the Fayette County Water System." The meeting will be held in the commission's main public meeting room, located at the county Stonewall government complex in downtown Fayetteville.

According to a blog post from County Commission Chairman Steve Brown, he and his fellow board members are "very angry" that they were not informed about the problem with discolored water Tuesday, and he apologized for the county not notifying Peachtree City officials. Read More»