Plant operators: ‘Water system broken’

Director admits he ‘guessed’ about odor; county says he has continued to visit plants despite 'incorrect' notes saying otherwise

Some employees of the Fayette County Water System told state regulators that broken equipment is not repaired in a timely manner, and several indicated that management has chalked it up to budgetary concerns, according to reports provided by Fayette County in response to The Citizen’s Open Records request.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division, which interviewed water system employees, also raised critical questions of Water System Director Tony Parrott, who admitted to investigators that he “guessed” at the cause of the the taste and odor problem that occurred in May and into June.

While Parrott suspected it was caused by raw water from Lake Peachtree, an investigation by EPD later determined that faulty operations at the Crosstown Water Treatment Plant were to blame.

Parrott also admitted to the EPD that he had not personally set foot in either of the system’s two water treatment plants for the previous six months, according to the notes, however the county has said that portion of the notes was inaccurate. See http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/09-05-2013/county-says-parrott-has-be...

EPD officials have recommended a state-level investigation of five water system employees as to whether they “may have practiced fraud or deception,” or instead are “incompetent or unable to perform their duties properly.”

In addition to that probe, EPD cited the county with violating 10 state safe drinking water rules. County Administrator Steve Rapson said at least some of those violations would be challenged.

In his interview with EPD, Parrott told EPD investigators that there is an “ongoing list” of maintenance issues at the South Fayette water treatment plant, but a basin track that has been out for six months was not on the list in an effort to get the contractor to pump it out.

Parrott told EPD he was unaware why two chlorine-based chemicals were being fed at the same time at the Crosstown treatment plant, and that he was not aware that unlicensed maintenance workers were applying chemicals at wells and flushing lines.

Parrott also blamed former Water Plant Manager Bill McKinley for not getting maintenance done, though Parrott said he “tracked progress,” of maintenance work.

In the interview, Parrott admitted to not having a complete business plan, but when asked why it was incomplete replied “I don’t know.”

The above and following revelations were contained in notes of employee interviews conducted by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The notes were taken by Fayette County Human Resources Director Lewis Patterson and released last week at the request of The Citizen.

Among the number of employees who questioned maintenance issues were:

• A senior plant operator from the south Fayette plant told EPD “there is no preventative maintenance or work orders” and that equipment stays out of service “a long time, like the flash mix motors at Crosstown.”

• A water plant maintenance worker told EPD that the Crosstown plant is dilapidated and that “getting supplies and tools is an issue. ... Seems like they don’t have money for stuff they need but money is spent on snow chains and snow shovels,” he said.

• One water operator/lab analyst noted that “getting simple supplies is very difficult,” and he suggested a need to change the supply process.

• A water plant operator said “a lot of things need attention, more maintenance,” and specifically cited basic maintenance.

• A water plant operator cited a need for a better turnaround on acquiring parts and “a better stock of spare parts.” That operator cited that the alum pump at the South Fayette plant has been “down for several years.”

• Another employee said he felt management was vindictive and chose to videotape the EPD interview due to a fear of retribution from the water system management.

Notes from the interviews were provided by county officials in response to an Open Records Request filed by The Citizen Aug. 26.

While the county’s internal personnel probe is complete, five water system employees including Water System Director Tony Parrott face a further state investigation on and four others as to whether they “may have practiced fraud or deception,” or might perhaps be “incompetent or unable to perform their duties properly.”

There is also a remote chance that the matter will be investigated by a Fayette County Grand Jury. The September term of the grand jury is slated to begin Sept. 11, and court officials are expected to appoint 23 grand jurors to serve the county for a six-month term.

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The grand jury

Can't the commissioners take this to the grand jury???

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Running too far afield

The woman brought over from Union City, doing an incredible job, is making a little over $45,000 (not $70,000).

We have yet to hire an IT Director. When we do, the position will be somewhere in the $80,000 range.

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Just fix the fertilizer runoff

Into Lake Peachtree and all is good. :)

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good job

So far it seems you want to fix the problems with the water system! I wish you were there in 2008. Then we wouldnt be have the problems we have now!

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Rapson's County Car....

Yeah boy, Dodge Charger with emergency lights?? Rapson is too busy hiring his friends from Union City...hired another one last week for 90k in IT dept...

The County is in a mess....lets see Rapson is knocking down about 200k with his benefits, brings his secretary from Union City over and gives her a raise after a few months to 70k.....whoa nelly! Then demoting and firing good long time county employees...Reign em in before its too late!!

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Falcon 66

So just who is fulla bulla here, you or the Chairman? Is it just possible you are wrong about what you accuse Mr. Rapson of? Got some proof? Time to pony up or apologize.

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You have to be an incredible

You have to be an incredible "company man" (like AHG) to keep carping on the "rights of the employees" and "important career issues". Dude--- we are talking about UNHEALTHY DRINKING WATER. You sound like a teachers' union lobbyist. Mr. Ozzie Sanchez is dead on right--- in a private company, a half dozen or more would have been shown the door STAT.

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Pay some attn to Nuk's post and try to understand that he's using a common sense approach. And sorry to disappoint, but I'm not a "company man", just a realist. And surprise, we're not dealing with a Private Firm here. It's County Govt and there are policies that must be considered before over-reacting and pulling triggers. I have dealt with similar issues from the Federal side and know what they face. And Nuk is right, no proof that the water was unsafe has been presented by anyone.

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Hold on a second....

No one, including the EPD, has ever stated that the stinky disgusting water was unsafe to consume. Yet. I have my own doubts on that, but those are the facts as of now.

I'm not apologizing for the clowns at the FC Water Dept or a goof like Tony Parrot, and if I lived in Brooks and just now found out about the lack of testing the last 3 years I'd be highly "agitated" to say the least, but let's not go overboard.

Mr. Sanchez is keeping the heat on the Water Dept and so is The Citizen. So is Chairman Brown and everyone else. We can have a public hanging next week, but I don't think that would address the main problem that Parrot needs to go and has a few months to either retire or get fired. The guy who replaces Parrot will probably have to clean house too.

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NUK 1 said

"No one, including the EPD, has ever stated that the stinky disgusting water was unsafe to consume. Yet. I have my own doubts on that, but those are the facts as of now."
Of course they haven't come out and said this as it would cause a riot in our fair county. And of course we all know that "A riot is an ugly thing"!
I would like to know if the "exemployee" that posted on here would like to talk to a lawyer and present his emails that he kept?

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Proof

With the EPD findings of negligence and what else has been brought forward, how can ANYONE prove that the water HAS been safe? They can not. I would like to see proof that it has been safe all along. Taking the word of the major culprit in all of this is not even an option anymore.

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No one can proclaim the water safe. How could they when filters were pulled from walls?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but most of the reports/tests are produced by the water dept and sent to the EPD for record. The EPD simply checks the tests.

If the tests were not performed correctly, filters are pulled from walls, chlorine is introduced incorrectly, ect. Nothing is certain.

A certain riot would break out if the EPD ever made the claim that the water was bad. They took the step below claiming negligence and or fraud. Negligence is a no brainer. Fraud could mean a lot of different things. Did they doctor the tests? Did they misappropriate funds? Was it fraud to have non certified people perform certain duties? Do the Feds provide any monies that was not used correctly? Just to name a few.

I wonder if a private firm managed the water dept would it be this difficult to get rid of the top people?

Mr. Sanchez is 100% right. If this were a private firm, people would have been gone.

As for the 4 commissioners who now want to be hands off, I say they are wimps. They wanted to get involved earlier this year and go direct to employees about toilet paper in the men's room, but now have no opinion and are hands off about really important issues. Shame on them.

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Charger w/emergency lights

Probably a hand me down sheriffs car. That's ok with me.

70k secretary is just wrong

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Falcon66- They can't reign him in

They think of him as gods gift to county administration. If Barlow blessed him as a good money manager, then we're in good shape.

A $70k secretary is pretty steep for a small county like us. Is she at least good on the eyes?

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For the people in the city of fayette that dont know the county suplys water to a lot of the city and the city also buys water from fayette county water. I dont drink the water here!!!!

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It happened in 2006! There are many other things and dont let tony fool you he is a micro manager and he knows what goes on there! He makes the calls on issues he dont let the other managers do there jobs! That is why so many things are wrong! I left there in 2009

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Thank you

and best of luck to you.

This further begs the question of the accountability of the former county management.

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county admin

It was. Chris vennis. Not sure about the spelling it was. Accross the street from the national weather service. That day put a lot of peoples lives in danger. And the program ist run right today. The potental for something like that to happen again is real good. The county does not have the right devices at the street to keep it from happen again! Places like the hospital and funeral homes and the sewage treatment plants. All that nasty stuff could get back into the water. I tried to get someone to listen then and got fired because of it!

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fayette county water what a joke

Tony parrot would had been fired years ago if someone would have listened to me. I was an employee for 20 years and was responcable for the backflow program. I only had that responcability for little over three months. Because one of the employees that i supervised found antifreeze in the water in ptc that came from a fire system at the airport. He called me out to the location and i reported it to tony parrot. He came out and looked at the situation andi asked if he wanted me to start notifiying people to not drink the water. And he responded no we might make the papers. I couldnt believe what he told me and the other employee! A sample of the water was taken and tested and the person that tested the water confirmed that it was antifreeze and other chem. But mr parrot covered up and didnt notify anyone. The epd was supose to be first and the local fire and emerancy personel. We were also supose to contain the problem by shutting off valves to keep it from spreading. None of this was done. I got pruff of this because i saved emails and other things to cover my on butt. I tried to talk to the county admi. At the time and she said she didnt believe tony would do that. I also went to county comm a year or so later because i was terminated after i went over tonys head! I worked ther 18 years with good or outstanding evaluations and the on following the antifreeze i needed improvement! Tony parrot in my mind should face chriminal charges just for that alone!!!!

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exemployee-thank you

can you tell us about how long ago this occurred?

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Tony parrot would had been fired years ago if someone would have listened to me. I was an employee for 20 years and was responcable for the backflow program. I only had that responcability for little over three months. Because one of the employees that i supervised found antifreeze in the water in ptc that came from a fire system at the airport. He called me out to the location and i reported it to tony parrot. He came out and looked at the situation andi asked if he wanted me to start notifiying people to not drink the water. And he responded no we might make the papers. I couldnt believe what he told me and the other employee! A sample of the water was taken and tested and the person that tested the water confirmed that it was antifreeze and other chem. But mr parrot covered up and didnt notify anyone. The epd was supose to be first and the local fire and emerancy personel. We were also supose to contain the problem by shutting off valves to keep it from spreading. None of this was done. I got pruff of this because i saved emails and other things to cover my on butt. I tried to talk to the county admi. At the time and she said she didnt believe tony would do that. I also went to county comm a year or so later because i was terminated after i went over tonys head! I worked ther 18 years with good or outstanding evaluations and the on following the antifreeze i needed improvement! Tony parrot in my mind should face chriminal charges just for that alone!!!!

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Drinking Water, Stormwater and Ex-Employee

Ex-Employee raises some good points about past history.

Remember that Stormwater issues and Drinking Water issues are connected:

See this EPA study: "Managing Stormwater Runoff to Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water"------

http://www.epa.gov/safewater/sourcewater/pubs/fs_swpp_stormwater.pdf

We were all talking about the cost of stormwater maintenance when the drinking water disaster suddenly occurred.

Now it's time to talk about BOTH issues.

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Let me step out

on a limb here. When the state gets done with the powers in charge of the water system, they will have been stripped of any license(s) they hold to operate. This will then make them ineligible to run FC water system and no firing will be necessary. At that point, with the information gathered, the choice will be made as to whether criminal charges should be brought against them. I would like to see the former county manager brought in to this investigation to see what his story is, also.

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Interesting scenario--and quite plausible. What I would like to see are the ratings & language in Parrott's Performance Reviews for the last 2 years.

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Happy Ending anyone? I like that scenario as well

Kinda makes sense out of Rapson's dithering as well. Let the state suspend his license and Tony and all his problems go away with no chance of a lawsuit - after all the state punched his ticket, not the county.

If Parrot didn't go into the water plant in the last 6 months and Rapon has only been here 7 months (minus the 2 weeks in the Cayman Islands), chances are Rapson wasn't even given a tour, so he can opt out from the glare of the responsibility spotlight. But it does make you wonder about the former county manager and how he viewed the 7 plant shutdowns in the pat 2 years and if old Tony was held accountable at all. You know the mantra - what did he know and when did he know it? Can't imagine the DA trying to get anyone indicted thru a grand jury, nor should we care - just get some competent managers in here with a current license and let's move on.

Maybe after Barlow's impassioned defense of Tony Parrot, he'll resign his seat in solidarity. Then the NAACP will get its way with no incumbents in the special district election this fall and we can get Shelia Huddleston elected. I don't recall if she was black, but that shouldn't matter as much as the content of her character.

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RWM - I don't agree on one important statement

Rapson positively has responsibility.

As the county manager, his first obligation is to get a handle on every division of the county he runs. If he did not take the time to get into his county car and tour the plants with Tony, then he sure as heck is derelict of duties. If he is going to sit in his office all day and just meet Barlow for lunch, he can give back his county car.

How the heck would could he put the "balanced" budget together without taking a tour to understand and/or ask questions? I doubt he just took Tonys plan and ran with his budget. I doubted some people who earlier called him Mr. Smoke and Mirrors, but it just may be true.

Rapson has a responsibility to 100K people in this county, not one person. If Parrot didn't do his job, fire his butt. Tip Toeing around waiting for the state to lay the hammer down is wimpy

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duplicate

duplicate

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Maybe, maybe not, Husband and Father

I think the 7-month tenure is what gives him a pass, or more correctly, allows him to take a pass. I mean technically you are correct that he is 100% responsible for everything, but so was he at 9AM on January 2, but as a practical matter - again, what did he know and when did he know it. If this all happened in his second or third year as manager - I would agree - off with his head. But it didn't, it happened now. Besides, I didn't say he didn't have some responsibility, I simply said he could avoid the glare of the responsibility spotlight as that is clearly going to be focused on Tony and his #2 and the unlicensed plant operator who was fired - not that we are hearing much about that anymore.

"Opting out from the glare of the responsibility spotlight" (these metaphors are accurate and selected with great care) simply means he won't be caught up in the punishment phase of this process, instead, it is pretty clear that he is taking on the role of policeman and that is probably appropriate and more to the point - he can easily get away with that, as none of the commissioners are going to give him the boot (or even a disparaging word) less than a year after slobbering all over him at hire time. Remember the illegal meeting in November where he was interviewed and possibly hired? Sacrificing Tony is not that big a step under the circumstances, and it keeps Rapson and the commissioners above the fray - or it would if Barlow and Brown would just shut up - a very unlikely outcome.

Of much more interest is what did the former county manager (can't remember his name) do with the 7 plant shutdowns in the previous 2 years? According to Brown, he didn't tell Brown, but Brown was an outsider on the Board at that time. But did he tell Frady? What did he do to Tony? What did the Water Board do? Anything? How did he evaluate Tony for those 2 years? I think intrepid reporter John Munford is going down that road with his document requests.

Of course it is possible (but not likely) that the paper trail on Tony's mis-management from previous years will be so damning that Rapson could be criticized for ignoring it. Or maybe that's some of what the county attorney erased from his computer so Rapson wouldn't see it. Remember, the former county manager okayed that. Wow, a cover-up! Hot dog! Just thinking out loud on that one. Too much speculation without facts really leads down some interesting rabbit holes.

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Robert, Questions for you

No, he won't be punished by the BOC. They wouldn't do that because it would be a disaster politically to get rid of their first hire.

Take a look at the article below:

http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/06-12-2013/new-fayette-school-sup%E2%...

Part of Mr. Barrows first assignments as school superintendent was to visit all of the current facilities to assess their condition.

That my friend is planning. Should Rapson be paid more than the school supt who has a larger budget?

If Rapson didn't do this, then shame on him. He could have discovered a lot on his own instead of reacting.

We can manage or react. Which do you prefer?

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Happy Endings

I suspect the spot light might get a little intense. If eligible, Mr. Parrot might retire.

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retirement

He turned down a really nice early retiremet package! I wonder why he wouldnt take it? I got some ideas!

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Retirement Package

I think his benefactor can provide yet another "nice" package.

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Good time to retire

Really, it's probably past time, and adios. Go out with a shred of dignity left before getting some more beat-downs that he (Parrot) probably deserves.

4 month probation to give you time to "retire?" Good with me.

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There is still the issue

of the 10 state safe drinking water rules that the EPD has cited the county for.

The county administrator said that at least some of these violations will be challenged. Who is going to challenge them? Not the Rapson or BOC. Has to be the current water mgr. So, make him plead the case to the EPD on them. Maybe he will get some of them thrown out. Or, if the challenge is denied, more proof is documented.

Finally, there is the pending issue of a new water treatment system that has yet to be implemented. The MIEX plan of action (which I feel is a no go..there is at least one other better system to invest in) that was talked about when the stinky water issue started. No decision has been made on that. I do believe bidding is going to or has been done for that contract, too, and probably won't be awarded till all the corrective action has been done on the existing violations in the system now.

Many, many things to address. With or without current management and staff at all levels.

Found this below, although nothing very current:

http://oaspub.epa.gov/enviro/sdw_report_v2.first_table?pws_id=GA1130001&...

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God forbid in this litigious society that we did the proper thing right away instead of waiting for someone else to be the bad guy. He didn't do his job and failed as a manager.

We can hire a temporary replacement thru any large placement contractor.

Can't believe only Brown has an opinion on this. Wonder if Ognio would really put up with this poor Managment in his firm?

How do I apply to work for the county?

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Why are we paying Six Figures for Clairvoyance?

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division, which interviewed water system employees, also raised critical questions of Water System Director Tony Parrott, who admitted to investigators that he “guessed” at the cause of the the taste and odor problem that occurred in May and into June.

No leadership/management here whatsoever. He needs to go. Mr. Rapson, DO YOUR DUTY.

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OK, I was wrong

Tony Parrot should have already been fired at this point. Suspension/probation isn't good enough for this lazy buffoon.

I had said before on here how he shouldn't have the job in the first place and was just some goat-herding goof that lacked anything like professionalism, but was ready to give him and Rapson's discipline the benefit of the doubt. Yeah, I was totally wrong on that.

Have to say I agree with Brown on this one.......he should be fired. "I don't know" and "I haven't been to either plants in 6 months" is ridiculous.
Where do I get my torches and pitchforks?

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Let me mark this date on the calender

lol

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Well, Right Reverend Barlow, what say ye now about Tony Parrott? Still think EPD is the devil? Your silence is deafening. Perhaps you could go lay hands on the broken equipment and heal them. Or better yet put on your big boy britches and admit Tony Parrott is totally incompetent and must go.

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He responded

He now says its a personnel matter and he has blessed Rapsons decision.

We probably won't see him at confession any time soon.

In fact, he went after Steve Brown in a response to the Citizens inquiry. He's toast.

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This whole thing is a mess

And this should go before the grand jury.

1. We have a Water System Director that hadn't set foot in the plants for 6 months, and actually admits it. He either developed a medical condition, or is just plain stupid. Someone needs to investigate his vehicle log and any reimbursements he has claimed.

2. Seems like every employee has the same problems. Supply / Equipment procurement and lack of funds for maintenance. Tony simply lays blame on someone else.

3. The investigation process by the county leaves a lot to be desired. If an employee is so scared he wanted to video tape his EPD interview for fear of repurcussions, he is correct. Once Tony gets back from his vacation ( I mean suspension), don't you think he is going to hold grudges against everyone?

4. Water Budget - The maintenance problems didn't pop up over night. Why didn't Parrot, just ask for more money? A simple list of the problems and a budget line item next to each item is all that is needed to explain the maintenance costs. Mechanical items break down. Fix them when they break.

5. Rapson is also a problem. I would like to know if Rapson ever met with Tony and toured the facilities. If Tony hadn't been to the plants in 6 months, I have my doubts that this tour occurred. I bet when our new school Supt showed up, he took a tour of all the facilities under his watch.

6. Rapson. How did he justify the water budget of $14.7M this year with no capital improvements? Did Tony tell him everything was great? Did he not perform any investigation before he threw a budget number out there? His projection shows $1.25M for capital improvements in 2015 and $2M for years 16 & 17. My guess this line item will necessitate a SPLOST next year.

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for what i pay - i get crap tasting water

so here we pay a lot of money for the water and sewage in peachtree city. way more than anywhere else i have ever lived in georgia. i am baffled at where the hell the money is going. who is pocketing the money, and why we are not getting the services we pay for. anyone else feel like taking them to court to get our money back for the months of crappy tasting water we had to drink, and the businesses that were affected by the sheer ignorance of the department as a whole?

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Nobody is pocketing the money, Mom

It is all incompetence and mis-management, not outright theft.

Actually the water bills themselves are not that bad compared to other areas. They'll be going up sharply after all the EPD stuff is finally complied with. Would have been better if these things were done over the past 15 years and rates were gradually adjusted, but that's the incompetence of Tony Parrot. I predict a minimum 30% increase in water bills within the next 2 years.

The PTC sewer bills are high as a result of mis-management by a previous city council (Pace, McMenamin, Brooks, Lenox). They paid $28million for the sewer system and had no way of recovering any funds for any defects found after the purchase. No, they didn't do a through inspection before the purchase - too expensive. Fortunately the PTC Sewer Authority was able to refinance that huge amount recently because of lower interest rates or else our bills would be even higher. There are still some expensive repairs coming and we will pay for it. The other mis-management faux-pa is also city council's alone. We have millions of gallons of excess capacity each day and can easily absorb another 1500-2000 bill-paying customers. We had an offer from Senoia to do just that - plus we were to get $500,000 in cash upfront, Board said yes, council said no. Stupid political posturing for no reason at all. Who pays for these mistakes? We do.
I predict sewer bills will double over the next 10 years as the deteriorating pipes are replaced. Might avoid this with a bond issue that pays for repairs, but it still has to be repaid. Having more customers paying the bills is a great idea because there is no additional expense to serve them (the customers themselves pay the $3 paid to Fayette Water Dept. for billing and processing).
Hope the next mayor and council are smart enough to grasp all this.