Columbia County shuts off restriction violators' water

May 25, 2007

APPLING, Ga. (AP) -- Officials in Columbia County now get five to ten calls a day from neighbors reporting neighbors for water violations.

Sick of people ignoring the rules, the county is disconnecting the water for those violators who ignore the restrictions three times.

So far, almost 50 households have had water disconnected this drought season because of violating the rules.

Margaret Doss is the water quality manager in Columbia County. She says the county hates to punish its customers. But she adds, "The drought is significant and it has to be handled properly."

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  • by wm highland Location: evans ga on May 30, 2007 at 07:29 AM
    When are you going to shut off the water that floods Belair road every morning, across the street from the new building that is being constructed by carpet shop? or only the residents targeted?
  • by joesph Location: evans on May 27, 2007 at 04:19 AM
    you know its real hard sometimes to cdo your part but why is it okay for a business to water their property i see this waste all the time is nothing being done to them go down wrightsboro road golf course and see the water shooting over the fence like a fire hose when they water the greens is this okay
  • by Sarah Location: Evans on May 25, 2007 at 07:48 PM
    This is an interesting concept but explain to me how someone can be denied water service when it is a monopoly? It's not like water is an optional service or one with competing service companies. What do those 50 families have to do to restore service or do they just forever more live without showering, brushing their teeth etc?
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