Savannah River Bacteria

If you've wondered whether it's safe to drink water from the well on Wrightsboro Road, don't worry: It is.

Water in other areas, however, isn't so clean -- and in some cases, not suitable for swimming or wading, according to an Augusta Chronicle analysis of samples from 50 sites in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties completed in August of 2010.

More recent stories on Savannah River water quality are on this page, but the original 2010 package is still available. 

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River analysis yields mysteries, surprises

Researchers followed a column of river water from Augusta to a point 145 miles downstream to monitor changes along the way.
By Rob Pavey | Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012

SRS deer and off-site crops pose no health risk; fish warrant caution

Residents living near Savannah River Site face no health risks from eating plants or animals produced in that vicinity, but should be wary of consuming large amounts of fish from the Savannah ...
By Rob Pavey | Friday, Sept. 2, 2011

Weed treatment calls for lowering river

A Statesboro, Ga., contractor was hired Thursday for a $15,000 project to kill aquatic weeds in the Savannah River.
By Rob Pavey | Thursday, June 16, 2011

Quality improves as leaks are fixed

Corrective measures that included flushing storm drains with clean water have mostly eliminated the discharge of bacteria-laden water into the Savannah River and Augusta Canal.
By Rob Pavey | Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

Drain lines' flow diverted from river before race

While city engineers continue to search for sources of fecal coliform bacteria flowing into the Savannah River via storm drains near Olde Town, they took steps over the weekend to flush the ...
By Susan McCord | Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

Reporting of 'nonmajor' spills could stop

A cost-cutting proposal by Georgia's Environmental Protection Division could eliminate a requirement that the public be notified of "nonmajor" sewage spills from municipal wastewater programs.
By Rob Pavey | Friday, Sept. 10, 2010

Sewage traced to apartments

An elusive trickle of sewage entering the Savannah River through an Olde Town storm drain was traced this week to a Telfair Street apartment complex.
By Rob Pavey | Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010

Lake water to be studied

A study will be launched this week to help identify the source of elevated bacteria levels in a lake in Columbia County's Woodbridge community.
By Rob Pavey | Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010

More tests done for bad Augusta water

Officials have widened scrutiny of water quality in areas identified in a Chronicle analysis as having elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria.
By Rob Pavey | Monday, Aug 23, 2010

Analysis shows some water sources OK

Each week, hundreds fill their jars and jugs at the ever-flowing well on Wrightsboro Road. If you've wondered whether it's safe to drink, don't worry: It is. Water in other areas, however, isn't ...
By Rob Pavey | Saturday, Aug 21, 2010

Pollution can change with weather, rain

When discussing fecal coliform, it is critical to remember that numbers can vary widely -- and are influenced by hot weather and rainfall, according to experts.
By Rob Pavey | Saturday, Aug 21, 2010

High bacteria levels found in river

The Augusta Utilities Department is trying to find the source of high levels of fecal coliform bacteria entering the Savannah River through two downtown storm drains.
By Rob Pavey | Monday, Aug 16, 2010

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Storm brings heavy rain, property damage reported

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