Cobb County announces spill of 7 million gallons from waste water facility into Lake Allatoona: “No impact on Cobb County’s drinking water system”

the sign in front of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners buildingPhoto: Cobb County Courier/Larry Felton Johnson

Cobb County distributed the following notice of spill from the Cobb County Water System’s (CCWS) Northwest Water Reclamation Facility into Lake Allatoona:

May 4, 2022 – Notice of spill from the Cobb County Water System’s (CCWS) Northwest Water Reclamation Facility.

On Thursday, April 28, 2022, Cobb County Water System’s Northwest Water Reclamation Facility discharged treated wastewater that did not fully meet the facility’s discharge standards.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division defines the discharge of wastewater that doesn’t meet applicable standards as a “spill”.  The spill designation was determined by CCWS on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, after receiving routine compliance sampling results. The effluent flow from the facility into Lake Allatoona was 7.04 million gallons and was disinfected.  The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has been notified and Cobb County Water System employees are following EPD protocols for such a discharge.

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This has no impact on Cobb County’s drinking water system.

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2 Comments on "Cobb County announces spill of 7 million gallons from waste water facility into Lake Allatoona: “No impact on Cobb County’s drinking water system”"

  1. Barbara Owen | May 6, 2022 at 11:26 am | Reply

    That “treated wastewater”…is it safe for swimmers? Why is safe swimming not addressed? I have heard bad things about the water condition before but ignored it but not anymore! My grandson won’t be getting in this water!

  2. Bonnie Seale | May 10, 2022 at 11:27 am | Reply

    This situation of dumping anything labeled ‘wastewater’ that you have openly announced to the public is most concerning. We have a boat at Altoona and spend many hours in the water. In the past, there have been claims that a bacteria was lurking in the water and caused concerns as to whether or not to swim in the water. Don’t announce this type of spill if it you don’t follow up with details as to whether or not this is a harmful procedure. Such assumptions are going to follow with the addressing of dumping anything into the water in which you know tons of people swim in daily. Please clarify exactly what happened and why it happened. The general public deserves to know the truth for a change!

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