May 3, 2013

Water treatment plant back in service

From Staff Reports

— The Carters Lake Water Treatment plant that was closed down last weekend after someone broke into the plant and adjusted the chemical controls is up and running again, officials said.

A press release from Chatsworth Water Works states service has been restored to the residents of the Ga. Highway 282 and Woodring Branch Road areas where customers had been without water for several days while the plant and state Environmental Protection Division officials ran tests to determine if the water was OK to drink.

Chatsworth Water Works manager Steve Smith said the FBI is continuing to investigate who broke into the plant and why. The Murray County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation have also been involved in the probe.

“As the (water) system is brought back on line, additional testing is required in the distribution system, so a ‘do not drink’ advisory will remain in effect for the residents in this area,” the release states.

Officials said the sample results should be completed by Saturday, and a public notification and phone calls to the affected residents will go out after the advisory is lifted.

The Corps of Engineers campground and facilities on Woodring Branch Road will remain out of service until the sample results are received, the release states. Water service is expected to be restored to the Corps property by the middle of next week.

For questions, call Chatsworth Water Works at (706) 695-3132 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.