Water board hears report on frigid weather, frozen pipes

by Sarah Fay Campbell

The Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority received quite a lot of calls during this week’s hard freeze from people who were experiencing problems with their water.

But none of those problems were on the authority’s side of the meter, according to water authority officials.

There were 102 freeze-related calls as of Thursday, said Construction Manager Rick Jones.

“A lot of people turn on the faucet” and if nothing comes out “they call us,” he said.

Sometimes, crews would come out and turn off water at the meter, but most of the time, authority workers are able to talk the homeowners through the process of turning water off until repairs can be made.

Jones said that, in advance of the hard freeze, crews “rode the county a lot” looking for exposed lines and any areas that could be susceptible to freezing. “We didn’t have any major problems,” said Jones, which was very fortunate.

The hard freeze was discussed at Friday’s monthly authority meeting.

In other meeting business:

• The East Newnan sewer upgrade project is on track to be completed by April.

• There have been approximately 10 different businesses interested in tying onto the new sewer line being run to serve Poplar Road Elementary School and East Coweta High School, said Project Manager Rusty Russell. “But I’m kind of waiting until we get it up and going before we move forward” with those, he said.

However, they are working with one customer who will be a significant user of the sewer system. It will take an extension of about 200 feet to serve that customer.

The new sewer lines should be active by the end of this month.

• The authority will start following the Coweta County Fire Department’s zones when it comes to flushing hydrants. There are 16 different zones, “meaning there will be people out weekly flushing the systems in those areas,” Russell said.



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