HAMPTON – The city of Hampton will hold a community meeting on Thursday to discuss the city’s water issues.
The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Fortson Library, located at 61 McDonough St.
The meeting was called in December after city officials revealed serious issues with the city’s water system, which included the falsification and plagiarism of water reports.
At that December meeting, Hampton City Manager Alex Cohilas and Tim Mitchell of Clearwater Solutions explained that they had uncovered the falsification of inspection reports for the city’s water system for more than a decade.
After receiving a Sept. 30 letter from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division on Oct. 29 informing the city it had to “contract a Class III certified operator to oversee the operation of the Hampton Water System” or face “additional enforcement action,” an investigation was conducted concerning the city’s water system.
At the meeting, it was revealed that water purchased by the city was not tested, and public works management directed untrained operators “to never record chlorine readings below the minimum or above the maximum.”
In addition, pH readings at the wells were not tested to determine the acidity of the water.
“The pattern was to falsely report chlorine and pH levels,” Cohilas said concerning some of his findings. “The pH levels were exactly perfectly neutral day after day, month after month, which is nothing short of a heavenly miracle.”
Hampton’s investigation is ongoing. Thursday’s meeting will be open to the public.