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Sanitary Sewer Easement Maintenance

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Fulton County Sewer System Cleaning and Root Control Contracts

Fulton County Public Works (DPW) has engaged two contractors to perform the following work:

  • cleaning the sewer system to be free of all grease and debris
  • root control and abatement to remove and prevent root intrusion

Both of these projects are being done to ensure that the sewer system continues to convey wastewater properly and to reduce the risk of system failure due to line blockages or destruction of the piping system.

While this work is in progress you may notice trucks and personnel accessing and working on the sewer system. Each contractor will also gain access to water through a water hydrant located in the area where they are working. The typical equipment required to complete the jobs includes water trucks, vactor trucks, hose trucks and associated trailers, loaders and mixers. During the process of completing the work, it is possible that a hose, hose nozzle, or camera may become trapped in a sewer line and require excavation for removal.

The equipment and trucks utilized by the contractors are owned and operated by each respective company. Therefore, none of the vehicles associated with this work will be marked as Fulton County vehicles. However, each crew will carry identification and a Letter of Information and Authorization that states the nature of the work they are doing and all key personnel at their company and the DPW to contact in case further questions or follow up are required.

Each of the contractors began working February 2016, and each contract is anticipated to continue through December 2016.
Additionally, some areas of the system require access to the easement via private property. All field crews will act in a professional and respectful manner when interacting with any homeowner. Each crew will carry identification and a copy of a letter addressed to homeowners that explains the work that is being done and all contacts at the DPW for information and confirmation. If there is any conflict from a homeowner, the contractor will immediately move on from that location to another targeted location.   All issues will be reported to the County and a DPW representative will follow up with all citizen complaints and/or issues.

Public Works Representatives:

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(404) 612-0188

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(404) 612-4235

141 Pryor St SW, Suite 6001
Atlanta, GA 30303



Root Control

Municipal Services, Inc.
Mark Reynolds, President
P.O. Box 4743
Queensbury, NY 12804
(Phone) 518-747-2044
(Fax) 518-747-5490

Sewer Cleaning

Woolpert, Inc.
Richard Washington Jr., PE,
Project Manager
375 Northridge Road Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30350
(Phone) 678/537-8924

Inspection and Cleaning

Undertaking preventative maintenance is an integral component of the County’s activities. The County presently maintains approximately 10 million feet of pipe and inspects and cleans 2 million feet of pipe every year. In this way, the entire wastewater collection system will be inspected and cleaned every five years.

Infiltration and Inflow (I&I) Reduction

There are presently over 200 flow meters installed at various points in the wastewater collection system which allow the County to monitor flow patterns and generally assess levels of inflow and infiltration (I&I).

These assessments have been used as a basis for prioritizing rehabilitation projects aimed at reducing the levels of I&I. Presently, the County is undertaking rehabilitation work in the Big Creek and Morning Creek basins.

Assessment of flows will continue with additional meters being installed to facilitate more detailed assessment of I&I. The County has allocated significant resources to I&I reduction over the next 5 years.


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