Cairo residents voice their concerns on tainted water issue
CAIRO, GA (WALB) - Many Cairo residents have been drinking bottled water or using filtration systems in their homes since tainted water was discovered last year.
City leaders say they have a solution, but it won't be ready for months.
"I just wondered why that had not been noticed before, or what was causing it and what the county would be able to do about it?" Paige Groover
Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton spoke to a large group of residents Tuesday night about plans for a new water treatment plant for the city. It will be the first plant in Georgia to have arsenic treatment capabilities.
"we began a search for arsenic treatment options that were available on the market," said Addleton.
The new plant will be built at the airport. If high arsenic levels are detected, the plant will send that water through a special filtration system.
Although this plant is expected to be complete in December, citizens are still concerned about what they should do until then.
"I was concerned and I felt like they needed to be doing something to get rid of the arsenic and i knew that a lot of people in the county and the city couldn't afford bottled water," said Groover.
The city said that the current water supply is below levels that are considered dangerous. Water customers hope they're right.
Arsenic is a naturally occurring metal, and Cairo's water source just happens to have high levels.
The new water treatment plant is a 5 million dollar project paid for through a loan from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.