published Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Waste still seeps into pollution-plagued Atlanta waterway

ATLANTA — Water tests have revealed a small but lingering amount of E. coli bacteria in Proctor Creek, a waterway on Atlanta's west side with a long history of pollution.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the finding has sent crews back underground to find the sewer pipes that are still sending human waste to the waterway.

The ongoing problems at Proctor Creek highlight the complexity of fixing Atlanta's notoriously troubled water and sewer infrastructure.

Proctor Creek begins underground near the Georgia Dome and snakes west through neighborhoods including Vine City, English Avenue and Bankhead.

Tony Torrence, an English Avenue resident and president of the Community Improvement Association neighborhood group, says this is just one of many water-related issues in his community as Proctor Creek remains plagued by other contaminants, trash and flooding.

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