On Friday, Chattooga County received word from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division that its water system was not affected by the PFOA/PFOS contaminants that have plagued the City of Summerville’s Water Supply.

Unlike the City of Summerville, the county’s water system comes entirely from wells and not live streams.  The county’s water system operates several wells that supply water to rural customers in all parts of the county that are outside the water systems operated by Summerville, Trion, Lyerly and Menlo.

City Manager Janice Galloway says that the county’s clearance by the EPD is good news for the City of Summerville.  She says that the city can now begin the process of hooking up to the county’s water system and purchase water from the Chattooga County Water District to supply a small portion of the city’s water customers.  Galloway said that the city will release a detailed description of the area that will be served by the county’s water system sometime next week.

In the mean time, Galloway says, “The city is also investigating a Granular Activated Carbon Filter System along with other units for the removal of contaminants introduced into Raccoon Creek by a third party. Estimated cost is up to $1,200,000.00 and possibly more according to which system is designed to meet the removal of chemicals.”