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Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 1:42pm

EPD Monitoring Sewage Spillover Into Rivers

Georgia environmental officials say they’ve been continuously monitoring water quality near treatment plants that were flooded in north Georgia early in the week.

There were a handful of treatment plants in the region that spilled sewage into river water as a result of massive flooding. Officials say there has not yet been any serious impact to quality detected—mainly because of the high amounts of water rushing downstream diluting bacteria.

On Thursday morning, two days worth of raw sewage flowing from an Atlanta water treatment plant into the Chattahoochee River was stopped. However, city officials say the R.M. Clayton plant will need millions of dollars of repairs. The plant is the largest in the southeastern U.S., and provides drinking water and other services to more than a million people.

But Tim Cash with the state Environmental Protection Division says communities downstream along the Chattahoochee should have no worries over their drinking water:

"These plants are designed to treat water that has just about anything in it. We’re really not concerned about public drinking water supplies being affected by the conditions in the river".

Cash does caution people not to drink directly from the Chattahoochee, or swim in the river.

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