Rockdale to repair aging, smelly wastewater facility

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Rockdale Water Resources (RWR) plans to make repairs to the wastewater treatment facility in north Rockdale County to address the odors that are plaguing Keswick Village, Queenie Woods, Mountain Valley, Windridge and surrounding neighborhoods.

The unit has weathered years of aging, causing cracks in the facility. Officials say the cracks are releasing smelly gases from the pretreatment facility.

RWR has identified where the cracks are and will begin repairing them, as well as immediately moving into plans to construct a new pretreatment facility to replace the current facility. Weather permitting, the short-term solution repairs will begin in two to four weeks, officials said. The long-term solution is to have a new facility completed by early 2020. Both solutions should begin to significantly reduce the odors.

For more information, residents should contact Jorge Diez, Rockdale County Public Relations Director, at 770-278-7056 or

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