Murray County

May 1, 2013

Chatsworth Water Works lifts ‘do not drink’ advisory

The “do not drink” advisory issued by Chatsworth Water Works Commission for the Ramhurst area was lifted Wednesday with no more restrictions on water use or consumption.

All water samples taken by Chatsworth Water Works and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) at the Carters Lake Water Treatment Plant and in the water distribution system were negative for any contaminants, both biological and chemical, according to a press release from Chatsworth Water Works.

The treatment plant was shut down and the advisory issued as precautions after someone broke into the plant on Friday and adjusted some of the chemical settings.

“At no time was there any indication that any type of contaminant was introduced into the water distribution system,” the release states. “Residents affected by this advisory will be notified by automated phone messages regarding the lifting of restrictions.”

Customers in the Ga. Highway 282 and Woodring Branch Road area will remain without water until the water plant has completed the standard startup procedures required by the EPD. Officials said these procedures include disinfection of the plant infrastructure and analysis of bacteriological samples taken at each sector of the plant.

“Standard startup procedures are required when any water treatment plant has been out of service for an extended length of time. These procedures will take up to 48 hours to complete with Friday remaining the earliest possible plant operating point pending EPD approval,” the release states. “Chatsworth Water Works Commission employees will continue to work diligently to restore the plant to operational status as soon as possible in order to resume service to customers affected by the outage.”

The FBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Murray County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the break-in.

“Chatsworth Water Works appreciates the cooperation and continued support of those affected by the restrictions and outage as we work to always provide a safe supply of water to our customers,” the release states. “Additional questions or concerns can be addressed by contacting the Chatsworth Water Works office at (706) 695-3132 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.”

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