Wednesday, February 17, 2021 1:39 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
JULIETTE, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia county has turned on a pipeline providing water to some residents who say their wells have been poisoned by coal ash from a nearby power plant. Monroe County commissioners gathered Tuesday for the connection of the first phase of a $16.3 million project that will serve up to 850 homes in Juliette and surrounding areas. Altamaha Riverkeeper has previously tested wells around Juliette and found chemicals it says indicate contamination from the coal ash pond at Georgia Power Co.’s Plant Scherer. Representatives of Georgia Power say the company’s 57 monitoring wells find no violations of federal drinking water standards. Dozens of Juliette residents sued Georgia Power last year, claiming contamination.