City to implement new filtration process at water treatment plant

November 17, 2021–11:31 a.m.


The Rome City Commission, during a called meeting last week, voted to replace the existing process treatment facility and trains at the Hamler Water Treatment Facility.

The recommendation from the Water and Sewer Committee was based upon the PILOT Study and testing that looked at six filtration options.

The current system will be replaced with disc-filter pre-treatment followed by closed-circuit reverse osmosis operating at a minimum 90% recovery rate.

In 2016, after the US Environmental Protection Agency changed its advisory for legal levels of PFAS, which are manmade chemicals, Rome’s water treatment facility took short-term, emergency steps, and the study was commissioned to determine the best long-term solution.

These chemicals are primarily from non-stick coating and stain-resistant coating processes.

The estimated cost of this new process is $161 million, and an upgrade to the Etowah Pump Station and pumping to the Hamler Water Treatment Facility being approximately $18 million.

The city has filed suit against carpet makers upstream to recover some of the costs.

It was emphasized during the meeting that Rome’s drinking water has been, and remains, EPA and EPD compliant.

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