February 22, 2020
WZQZ Radio –
(Via WZQZ) On January 30, 2020, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) received samples of drinking water from the Raccoon Creek Treatment Plant in Summerville that contained PFA (perfluoroalkyl) substances, leading the EPD to issue a health advisory. Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) would like to provide the following update on efforts underway to ensure safe drinking water for residents in the City of Summerville.
“Recently, the Georgia EPD issued a water advisory for the City of Summerville due to the presence of PFA’s in the water,” said Sen. Mullis. “While the city has been placed under this advisory, it is important to note that there has not been an increased level of PFA’s detected. Rather, the federal guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency have changed. Over the last few weeks, I have held meetings with the EPA, the Georgia EPD, the Georgia Rural Water Association and other stakeholders to ensure the safety of Summerville’s drinking water. The city has already taken steps to notify citizens of this advisory and has assisted residents in locating alternative sources of water. I, along with Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R – Armuchee), Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters, Mayor of Summerville Harry Harvey and the Summerville City Council will continue to monitor this situation and work to ensure all residents have access to clean, safe drinking water.”
For more information on the water advisory issued by the Georgia EPD, follow this link: https://epd.georgia.gov/pfoa-and-pfos-information
For more information on the City of Summerville’s response, you can follow this link: https://summervillega.org/