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Live Healthy Group asks for help – Chattooga County Water Crisis

In response to the growing water crisis in Summerville, Georgia, Live Healthy Chattooga County is requesting donations of bottled water.

Press Release from Live Healthy Chattooga County

 

Chattooga County Needs Your Help
In response to the growing water crisis in Summerville, Georgia, Live Healthy Chattooga County is requesting donations of bottled water.
Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters issued a “State of Emergency” on Wednesday to help the City of Summerville deal with the ongoing crisis with the city’s water system.
Unfortunately, for many of those affected, like the recipients of the Helping Hands food donations, they don’t have the resources to acquire drinkable water. We want to minimize this impact through the donations of water to these families.
Helping Hands Ending Hunger was conceived around Thanksgiving 2015 when a teacher asked for help to purchase food for baskets for some elementary students whose families had been seen digging through the dump after a football game.
The children had come to school after the weekend crying because their bellies hurt; they were hungry and couldn’t even begin to focus on school or learn. Teachers put together one-time food baskets, but it wasn’t enough. This lead to the development of the Helping Hands Ending Hunger program. These families receive food at the end of each week and we would like to assist them by also making sure they have clean water to drink.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of Georgia Department of Natural Resources, has issued a drinking water health advisory effective immediately for the City of Summerville, Georgia.
This advisory is issued due to higher than Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) acceptable levels of PFASs (PFOA and PFOS) found in the city drinking water supply on January 20, 2020. Water is not safe for humans nor animals to consume and boiling the water will not make it safe for ingestion.
Please join us in our effort to aid these individuals and families affected during throughout this crisis. You can donate by contacting Allison Agnew at aharris@nwgacancer.org or by calling (706) 291-9809 (option 3).
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