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Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 5:43am

Columbus Keeps Watch on Water Quality After Atlanta Sewer Spill

Communities along the Chattahoochee River downstream of metro Atlanta are keeping watch on dirty water coming their way.

The north Georgia flooding swept-over a handful of water treatment plants this week, sending raw sewage into the River. That included a two-day flow of sewage from Atlanta’s R.M. Clayton plant.

In west Georgia, sampling of the Chattahoochee thus-far has not turned-up any water quality problems.

However, Cliff Arnett with the Columbus Water Works said the extra monitoring will continue, because it takes about a week for metro Atlanta water to reach west Georgia:

“There probably hasn’t been enough time elapsed for that flow to reach us. (But) we don’t believe there will be any impact on us, but we are keeping a close eye on it as we always do," Arnett said.

Arnett said a consortium of water users from Columbus to LaGrange have workers taking extra sampling of the river. He said the public should not worry about drinking water as it's well treated by the various plants along the Chattahoochee.