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Water system commended for turnaround

Director Lee Pope and the staff of the Fayette County Water System were commended for their work in turning around a system that faced many challenges in 2013. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

The Fayette County Water System has come a long way in three years. Thursday night’s County Commission meeting shined a spotlight on that improvement as the system was honored by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.
Back in 2013, the system was docked with a number of violations of safe drinking water rules, setting off a number of key changes. Under the leadership of Director Lee Pope, the water is back to being clean and tasty. At the meeting, the Crosstown Water Treatment Plant and the South Fayette Water Treatment Plant were both given the Gold Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, an honor given to water plants that meet all strict guidelines in treating drinking water. Additionally, the water system also won the Best Tasting Water Award for the state’s District 3, an area that encompasses most of the metro area.
“A few years ago, the water system went through some really serious challenges. These are the people that went through those challenges. Y’all battled back,” said Pope commending his staff. “You turned this around into an award-winning water system.”
Chairman Charles Oddo agreed, saying the system has made “great, great strides.”
County Administrator Steve Rapson joked that he would send a case of Fayette water to the other counties in District 3. “We’ll let them see what Gold Award water tastes like.”

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.