Rome City Commissioner Craig McDaniel, who chairs the Rome Water and Sewer Committee, said the city has purchased new filters and decreased its reliance on the Oostanaula River, which has levels of PFOA and PFOS above federally recommended guidelines.
“We want to be progressive and be ahead of the curve and we want to assure the citizens that our drinking water is pure,” he said.
Cities across north Georgia spent decades in the last century luring manufacturers to locate their plants along their waterways, he said.
Now we are dealing with the contamination they left behind.
“Communities have the burden of providing clean water, so we do whatever we have to do,” he said.
Why aren't government regulators dealing with these pollutants?
Read this week's AJC Watchdog column to find out more.