Two consent decrees, or federal mandates, from the United States 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/.
As a native of The Historic Westside where the fecal matter contamination is highest, it is my duty to fight for equitable environmental rights and privileges for every community represented in District 56: The Historic Westside, SW Atlanta, West Atlanta Hills (Hunter Hills, Dixie Hills, Center Hills), West Midtown, Atlantic Station, Ansley Park, and Ga Tech.
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Proctor Creek has been in an "impaired" status since before 2002 due to FECAL CONTAMINATION as a result of the City's outdated sewage infrastructure.
Read more about Atlanta's "fecal water" contamination at https://ofmpub.epa.gov/waters10/attains_waterbody.control?p_au_id=GAR031300020103&p_cycle=2002#sources.
In addition, you can find your "exact toxicity levels" of the water in your community by visiting 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 almost 4000 MPN/ml!
Resource: The Clean Water Act (CWA) is a federal law protecting public and environmental health. According to the EPA, the CWA establishes federal oversight over entities like the City of Atlanta to enforce environmental laws and regulations.
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.
Our allies in this fight are the Chattahoochee RiverKeeper, Georgia Conservancy, and the Environment Justice Center (EJC) at www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice. The Environment Justice hotline is EJHotline@epa.gov and the email is . The EJC fosters equitable solutions for low-income, minority, tribal and indigenous communities experiencing environmental and public health hazards.
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