Pigeon Creek Residents Want Out of City Water Service

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DAWSONVILLE — After years of complaining about discolored and foul-smelling water coming from a City of Dawsonville well and repeated efforts by the city to fix the problem, Pigeon Creek homeowners have had enough.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Jim Watson presented a petition signed by about a dozen Pigeon Creek homeowners requesting they be allowed to contract with Etowah Water and Sewer Authority to provide their water.

In summing up their position, developer Kevin Smith said, “The water the City of Dawsonville supplies still has some issues with smell and with the way it reacts with hot water heaters. The water is destroying the anode rods and many of the hot water heaters in the subdivision have had to be replaced.”

Pigeon Creek was within Etowah’s service boundary when it was developed but Etowah did not have a water line running from Shoal Creek Road so residents requested to be in the city’s water service area and the city agreed.

Now that the subdivision is in that service area, City Councilman Caleb Phillips said council would have to vote on allowing it to contract with Etowah.

“I’m not saying we wouldn’t agree to it but it will have to come to a vote,” he said.

Phillips pointed out that the city had thousands of dollars invested in building a well in the subdivision and the only way to recoup taxpayer money was by continuing to sell water to the residents.

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