Former Town Councilman Suing more than Summerville Water Disaster

Earl Parris, who served two many years on the Summerville Town Council in the 1990s and once again for four several years ending in 2020, is suing Mount Vernon Mills, the Town of Trion, Ryan Dejuan Jarrett, 3M, Daikin The usa, Huntsman Intercontinental, and Pulcra Substances about a water disaster that pressured the City of Summerville to distribute bottled water for months.

Parris would like the men and women dependable for the contaminated drinking water to protect the price of a lengthy-time period alternative, The Chattanooga Periods Free of charge Push claimed.

Parris’ lawsuit alleges the town of Trion’s Water Pollution Control Plant disposed sludge and biosolids in Raccoon Creek, which is the principal source for Summerville’s water. It also alleges the organization Mount Vernon Mills has discharged harmful substances into Trion’s plant that then entered Summerville’s h2o resource.

Back again in February of 2020, the EPA notified the town of Summerville that some of the town’s consuming water experienced substances in it that have been linked to major health difficulties, recognized as PFOA and PFOS.

That compelled the city and its citizens into a drinking water disaster. The town offered bottled drinking water for numerous months.

The go well with was submitted in U.S. District Courtroom for the Northern District of Ga.

The lawsuit seeks $5 million in damages, additionally $55,800 for each working day for each and every violation it lists, as well as attorneys fees, and an injunction towards continued violations. (Scroll down to examine the total lawsuit).



From the City of Summerville’s web-site:

Position Updates regarding the PFOA/PFOS Concentration Stages
Up to date 11/12/2020

PFOA/PFOS Water Advisory Lifted
Productive 11/12/2020 the Georgia EPD has lifted the Metropolis of Summerville PFOA/PFOS well being advisory for all Metropolis of Summerville h2o shoppers.

Following putting in the GAC filters at the Raccoon Creek remedy plant, PFAS/PFOS concentration ranges via the procedure are safely and securely underneath the wellbeing advisory threshold.

Exam Nicely Standing

Clearing sediment from the examination perfectly all through building.

The City of Summerville very first take a look at well is developing 600 gallons (the max capability of the pump used for testing) of drinking water for every moment (GPM) at a depth of 364ft. This nicely will nonetheless need to have to be designed into a production properly, and then connected to the Metropolis of Summerville h2o distribution system upon approval from Ga EPD. The engineers mail ideas and specs to the Ga EPD for approval of all phases of the venture.

The Metropolis of Summerville Public Performs has laid 2,000 feet of 16” pipe on Filter Plant Highway in preparation for connecting the new properly to the City’s h2o distribution process. One more shipping and delivery of 4,000 ft of 16” pipe is anticipated by September 1st. With the completion of this added pipe installation on Filter Plant Road, the Town will prevent at the intersection of Highway 48 until eventually Ga DOT has accredited options for the installation of one more 12,000 feet of 16” pipe to the City’s creation properly web-site off of Freeway 48.

How a great deal has it price to establish the new nicely so significantly?

Metropolis workers setting up h2o line on Filter Plant Highway.

As of July 31, 2020 the Metropolis has invested $128,702.75 in the test nicely.

To decrease the overall price of the venture, the Town has self-carried out the set up of 2,000 feet of a 16” water line on Filter Plant Highway. A further supply of 4,000 ft of 16” pipe is envisioned by September 1st.

How significantly far more is it anticipated to expense to full the very well?
The price tag of a manufacturing perfectly is undetermined because this will be a bid procedure. The Metropolis is actively pursuing various grants and funding for a long term manufacturing perfectly, alongside with procuring property for additional properly web sites. Closing prices are not recognised at this time. There is no estimate on the completion day.

16″ h2o pipe currently being sent for installation.

Funding of the remaining 16” water pipe to the perfectly site is also staying pursued.



Carbon Based mostly Pilot Review for Elimination of PFOA/PFOS
The Town of Summerville is doing the job with a pilot analyze making use of carbon as a removal strategy of PFOA/PFOS at the Raccoon Creek Drinking water Cure Plant. This process is referred to as granulated activated carbon (GAC). Test benefits have been promising. As of Oct 5th, set up has started on the new GAC filters for Racoon Creek. The aim is to complete the installation in 3-5 days of starting off set up. After the filters are mounted, samples will be collected and tested by a condition accredited lab.


Additional on Summerville’s Consuming drinking water:

Team claims some Chattooga drinking water “unsafe,” is made up of carcinogens

Group lists Summerville drinking water as ‘polluted,’ ‘contaminated’

Summerville Town Council queries for remedies just after boil drinking water advisory

Stay Nutritious Group asks for support – Chattooga County H2o Disaster

Update from EPD on Summerville Water Advisory

Team lists Summerville h2o as ‘contaminated’

Summerville Cited For Consuming Drinking water Violation

Observe of Consuming Drinking water Well being Advisory Amount Exceedance for Raccoon Water Plant City of Summerville Community Ingesting Drinking water Technique


Casie Bryant is the NW Georgia Regional Supervisor for AllOnGeorgia.