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Georgia ranks 5th for drinking water violations

According to the Georgia Department of Environmental Protection Division Southwest District, Georgia is fifth primarily for monitoring and reporting violations. / Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

Georgia is ranked fifth for drinking water violations, but it isn't for what the majority may think.

There are two types of violations. One is a health based violation and the other is a montitoring and reporting violation.

According to the Georgia Department of Environmental Protection Division Southwest District, Georgia is fifth primarily for monitoring and reporting violations.

"That is [because] somebody forgot to collect a sample, or if they collected it, they forgot to send the results to us," said Southwest District Manager Lisa Myler said. "So, it's not necessarily a health based issue, but it's someone that forgot to do something."

If someone removes the monitoring and reporting violation and looks at the health based violation ranking the state falls in the middle out of all 50 states.

Water systems are required to make a Consumer Confidence Report to the EPD that is also available to the customers. Larger cities mail the report with customers' water bill, but it can also be found online.

"Those reports say specifically what was detected in that water system during the previous year," Myler said. "It should also include any violations that they may have had."

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