Lawsuit over water pipes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Shell oil Co. claims to have not received notice of a $25 million lawsuit by Coweta County and its water authority over water pipes installed for thousands of customers in the county.

The county claims the faulty pipes, which use polybutylene resin manufactured by Shell Oil Co., were sold in the 1980s and 1990s as Blu-Max pipe.

The lawsuit, filed in state court in Fulton County, charges negligence, breach of contract, product liability, fraud and violations of the state's anti-racketeering law.

The pipes were touted as having a 50-year life span, but in 2005
the water authority started documenting increased loss of water.

The utility has been repairing and replacing leaky pipes, partly through $27 million in bond issues passed last year.

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