Fayette Co. Water / Don't Drink It

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All - Since the begining of this year and even moreso now, I've been hearing a lot of Fayette countians talk about getting sick from what they believe is the water in and around Fayette County. I've heard several people talk about parasites in the water that are causing intestinal flu-like symptoms, nausia, and fatigue. In a conversation with a friend at Publix a few days ago, I bumped into an old friend who just came back form his doctor who told him he will only either buy bottled water and boil his tap water if it is meant for consumption.

Is there a way we can check on the testing results the county uses?

Thanks for any information on the subject.

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Will be VERY interested in the response

We've called regarding water issues many times (mostly that our water is brown - not the usual color of most drinking water I know of). The usual response is that this is normal because the city is flushing the lines. And just how often are the lines flushed and just how many times per year does this occur to make our water look this filthy on a regular basis??

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Citizen Archives- Water Contamination

About a year ago, some folks in the county received notices from the Water Dept. I pasted one of those articles from the Citizen archives. Other articles can also be found in the Citizen Archives pertaining to the problem at that time. The exact link for the following comment is http://www/thecitizen.com/node/36535/#comment-110041 For further comments and articles, go to the Citizen Archives and type in "Water Problems Cancer." It seems that Fayette County population is over-growing their ability to maintain quality. This is precisely one of the reasons the WFBC has been fighting for the last two years to stop the West Fayetteville Bypass. The road was designed to cross eight (8) different streams and wetlands. It was designed to cross Whitewater Creek which helps supply some of the County with water. The run-off from that Bypass will flow directly into Whitewater Creek. This is a huge political issue right now and we should all make ourselves aware of the destruction the WFB will cause. Please keep this in mind when you go to vote in the Primary. Incumbents Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell have been pushing the construction of the West Fayetteville Bypass for the last four years. Allen McCarty and Steve Brown have been opposed to the Bypass for the last four years.

Water Contamination
Submitted by dm0duc on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 7:48am.
I can't seem to scan and attach the notice I received. This website keeps telling me the file size is too large. It's only one sheet of paper. Oh well.....
The main parts of the notice say that :

"The Fayette County Water System failed to meet the treatment technique requirement for disinfection byproduct (DBP) precursor removal for compliance periods ending 9/30/08 and 12/31/08 and was also out of compliance for the first quarter 2009. Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customer, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

They go on to say that they conduct monthly monitoring for Total Organic Carbon (TOC)and that TOC has no health effects. However, TOC provides a medium for the formation of disinfection byproducts including trihalomethanes (THM's) and haloacetic acids (HAA's) and that drinking water containing these byproducts in excess of the maximum contamination levels may leade to adverse health effects, liver or kidney problems, or nervous system effects and may lead to an increased risk of getting cancer.

The EPA has established a treatment technique requirement for removal of the TOC which specifies the percentage of TOC that a plant must remove. Complaince is based on a running annual average of TOC removal rations.

Fayette County DID NOT MEET the treatment technique or ANY of the alternative compliance criteria for the compliance periods.

However, in the next paragraph they say there is nothing we should do at this time and that we should not be alarmed and do not need to seek alternative water supplies. Why not? I don't like the sounds of all this.

The Water System it says is aggressively pursuing different options to compliance but anticipates being back in compliance no sooner than December 30, 2009!!!!!

Call Tony Parrott at 770-461-1146 ext 6016 if you want to contact the person listed on the notice.

PS - I apologize for any typos. Too bad spell check isn't available here. I type too fast.

ginga1414
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PLEASE Write a Letter To The Editor

I have sent a link where further information on water problems in Fayette County can be found. However, it would be an excellent idea if you could write a letter to the Citizen Editor pertaining to your water problem.

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Thank you!

Thank you for posting this information. Evidently there are several doctors (Gen. Practitioners) in the area that are telling their patients that there is a serious water problem in the Fayette and surrounding counties. Many of their patients have been very ill for a long time and only started to get better only after being treated for parasites.

I'm really interested in knowing how widespread of an issue this really is and why it hasn't been brought forward by our county officials?

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Water Contamination, 1BravesFan

1Brave, if my memory serves me correctly, the problem that existed last year had been a problem for six (6) mos. before any of our citizens were even notified. To verify that, you might do some more research into the Citizen's archives for further information. Good luck with your water problem. I will see if I can find any further information and if I do, I will certainly post it here.

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Water is the most crucial

Water is the most crucial substance for everybody. But we know the fact that most of the diseases are cause by the harmful water. Even after knowing the fact most of the people are compelled to drink such water it is all because of scarcity of water resources. Nevertheless we have to escape from the possible hazard. I am using ### for the pure drinking water. Before using this appliance I had it tested by an expert. It is completely right.

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Find a testing facility

it can't be that hard. Google it...

Get back to us on the results.

That said, I'm going to get a glass of ice water.