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RWR warns of possible water testing scam

CONYERS -- Rockdale Water Resources has issued a public alert after receiving several calls from customers asking about an independent, private company collecting water samples from their tap to have them analyzed.

RWR wants the public to be aware that it does not leave sample bottles in or attached to mailboxes. This company is not affiliated with RWR and is potentially a scam.

According to the county, the scam works this way:

-- The company leaves a sample bottle and flyer on or inside the mailbox requesting that a water sample be collected for a free analysis in 24 hours. The flyer does not appear to have any company name on it or any way the company can be contacted directly.

-- The representative returns in 24 hours to get the water sample the customer has collected.

-- He/she then administers a chemical in the sample making it appear contaminated.

-- He/she will try to persuade the customer that they need a water filtration unit to protect them from contaminated water.

RWR has issued the following warnings to residents:

-- Do not participate unless you are planning to purchase a water filtration unit. RWR drinking water exceeds all local, state and federal guidelines.

-- Do not sign any paperwork or documents. These filtration units are very expensive and the contracts are binding, even if you change your mind after you sign it.

-- RWR asks if you are elderly, please be extra vigilant.

For questions, call the Water Treatment Plant at 770-278-7485.