Columbus Water Works deals with area flooding following heavy rains

Columbus Water Works deals with area flooding following heavy rains

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Following nearly a week of constant rain, folks in the Chattahoochee Valley are being affected in more ways than one.

Homes and roads have been dealing with standing water for days; major flooding at the water treatment plant on the north end of town caused mechanically failure creating cloudy tap water for people around Columbus.

Vice President of Information and Environmental Services of the Columbus Water Works Vic Burchfield addressed the issues that the CWW are facing.  

"The malfunction in that chemical feed pump caused some of that chemical to get into the distribution system," Burchfield said. "Where it actually reformed into a flock, which is expected. And that flock material is what is being seen as the cloudy or yellow tinge to the water." 

The cloudy water is perfectly safe to drink, but Burchfield says that the tap water should be back to normal.

"That was cleared up on Saturday, and of course our customers, if they notice any discoloration, [CWW customers] should give us a call and we will come out and flush," he said. 

Fortunately for the everyone around the city, the staff at the Columbus Water Works worked through the holidays on getting things back to normal.

"We are very proud of our staff, they did a good job over the holidays. Of course instead of spending time with their families they had to be here. Working the plants, working the infrastructure, making repairs, and being on emergency call," said Burchfield.

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