Two consent decrees, or federal mandates, from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were issued to the City of Atlanta in 1998 and 1999. The law requires the City of Atlanta to fix its ground infrastructure "as a priority" in order to eliminate E. Coli water contamination from sewer and waste overflow occurring predominately in African American communities, especially District 56.
Atlanta Watershed Management (AWM) reports families will have clean drinking water hopefully in seven years by 2027. AWM has a historical perspective of the groundwater infrastructure at https://www.atlantawatershed.org/history/.
West Atlanta has the highest fecal matter contamination. ,
District 56 residents deserve clean water. Water is a basic civic right our public infrastructure is required to maintain for its citizens. The EPA warns Atlantans that Proctor Creek has been in an "impaired" status since before 2002 due to FECAL CONTAMINATION as a result of the City's outdated sewage infrastructure.
How toxic is your water? Find out here >> The Chattahoochee RiverKeeper's Neighborhood Water Watch. For example, an acceptable level of E. Coli (feces) is 126 MPN/ml. In the Historic Westside, it is over 5000 MPN/ml at times!
The Clean Water Act (CWA) is a federal law protecting the public and our environmental health by enforcing the law.
The director of Georgia's EPA water division overseeing the toxic levels is Jeaneanne Gettle. The number to reach the GA EPA is (404) 562-9900. It is your constitutional right to ask and get a clear understanding of the public health threat facing your community's water.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) entitles citizens to request the open records of the federal lawsuit against the City of Atlanta pertaining to the #GAWaterCrisis at https://foiaonline.gov.
Your allies are the Chattahoochee RiverKeeper, Georgia Conservancy, and the Environment Justice Center (EJC) at www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice. The EJC hotline is EJHotline@epa.gov and the email is .
The EJC helps low-income, minority, tribal and indigenous communities with their environmental and public health rights.
Louis Armstrong & The Environment
President Jimmy Carter
"Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries."