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Atlanta Tap Water Has Contaminants, Advocacy Group Says

Jul 27, 2017
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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has created a database that shows what contaminants are in tap water, based on ZIP code. After analyzing test results from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the group concluded that Atlanta's tap water meets environmental legal limits, but could still be harmful. 

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The boil-water advisory, first issued Thursday, was lifted Friday afternoon for most sections of Atlanta, according to the Department of Watershed Management (DWM).

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Only two neighborhoods remained under the advisory, Mechanicsville and the Campbellton-Fairburn Road area

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Atlanta has a river, but that can be easy to forget. For most people, the Chattahoochee doesn’t play a huge role in their day-to-day lives, aside from its enormous but also often-forgotten importance as Atlanta’s chief source of drinking water.

For walking, boating or swimming, most people – if they’re going to the Chattahoochee – head up to the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area, north of Interstate-285.

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The Atlanta Watershed Department has narrowed down the list of possible names for it's 400-foot-long rock-digging machine, and it's come down to a rapper, a tribute to Georgia's most famous crop, and "Gone with the Wind."

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Most residents who were under an advisory Sunday can go back to cooking, drinking and brushing their teeth without boiling their water first.

Except for the 745 block of Memorial Drive S.E., the boil-water advisory that affected many residents in metro Atlanta was lifted early Monday, according to a Twitter post from Atlanta's Department of Watershed Management. 

Storms Saturday night had shut down two pumping stations and triggered a temporary loss of pressure in the drinking water system.