Fulton County treatment plants full of crap

The Environmental Protection Division is cracking down on Fulton County for letting about 2.7 million gallons of sewage spill into Chattahoochee River tributaries.

On Oct. 29, the water branch of EPD proposed to fine Fulton County $410,000 for spills that were caused by heavy rains and the county's ancient sewer system, which mixes sewage and rainwater.

A March 7, 2000, overflow sent 585,000 gallons of sewage into Willeo Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee. The next day, EPD inspectors found that sludge filters were clogged, and the subsequent backwash was high in solids.

The worst part is that Fulton County officials didn't tell the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority about the spills, which occurred upstream of the intake for Cobb and Marietta's drinking water.

The Water Authority "had to significantly increase the chlorine dosage needed to maintain drinking water quality," according to EPD documents. That chlorine, by the way, is used to kill fecal bacteria and E. coli, both of which can make humans and animals extremely sick. Not to mention that the water will probably taste like crap.

Because of that overflow of a year-and-a-half ago, and 136 other spills, EPD is ordering Fulton County to pay a $327,000 fine.

A June 28 spill of more than 10,000 gallons of sewage and an investigation that turned up 12 deficiencies at the Camp Creek plant cost Fulton another $64,000.

Finally, the county is being fined $19,000 because on March 15, 2.1 million gallons of raw sewage poured out of overflowing manholes.

EPD agents reported seeing standing sewage, rags and debris for several hundred yards along the Camp Creek sewage line.??

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