Concerned residents of the city of Elberton can rest easy now, as issues with the city’s water color are being filtered out.
According to Elberton City Manager Lanier Dunn, the problem surfaced earlier this week on Tuesday.
“Upon investigation the cause has been determined to be a high level of mineral content, and we made adjustments at the water plant, and the coloration is improving”, explained Dunn.
The cause is believed to be from sediment being stirred up at Lake Richard B. Russell, where the city draws its water from, after the US Army Corps of Engineers released water from reservoirs on the Savannah River to get Lake Hartwell, Russell, and Thurmond all down to full pool levels.
Dunn says despite the coloration of the water, that it is indeed safe to use.
“It’s tested everyday and the discoloration is coming from natural occurring minerals; it’s not from bacteria or anything like that”, said Dunn. “The water has been sanitized, so it is perfectly safe for cooking or drinking.”
He says that residents can begin to notice clearer water today, and that it should be all clear by the end of the weekend at the latest.