North Georgia is growing rapidly. The mountain region was once a sparsely populated area but not anymore! It's changing and it's changing rapidly. Georgia's demand for residential and recreational development has now expanded more than one hundred miles from Metro Atlanta.
Raymond King, District Director of Environmental Health tells us how all of this rapid development is affecting our beautiful mountains and how hard the local environmental health department and the communities are working together to preserve the mountains and protect the public.
Per Mr. King: "Let's say you live in Marietta and would like to buy some land in North Georgia to build a cabin for weekend use and maybe eventually retire here. It's a great thing for you and for the ecnonomy of North Georgia; but there are no public sewers or public water systems on your beautiful mountain property. This means you must drill a well and install a septic tank system to serve your cabin. Taking drinking water out of the ground and then putting it back into the ground again as sewage could be a questionable proposition; and to complicate matters, all of your neighbors are doing the same thing with their wells and septic systems.
It's the duty and responsibility of your local environmental health specialist to ensure that neither public helath nor the environment are damaged by installation of your septic system and well. The health department environmentalist reviews and approves proposed subivisions and developments, then issues permits for septic system installations. When the systems are installed, the specialist inspects and approves the systems. During this process, the environmentalist makes sure that septic systems are installed to code in acceptable soils and the proper distance from wells, streams, and other areas subject to contamination."
So you can feel better knowing that when you move into your mountain dream retreat and take a drink of your well water that it hs not been recycled through your septic system and it's not polluting our beautiful mountain lakes, rivers and streams. It's a win win for the public and for the environment.
Material from Raymond King, District Director of Environmental Health.
Please visit Mr. King at: Environmental Health
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