Water officials work to keep overall quality

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By Mary Hood
mhood@neighbornewspapers.com

When it comes to water quality, being proactive in monitoring and maintenance is crucial.

Both Fayette and Henry counties have protocol, policies and initiatives that keep crews working each day to save the county and the customer money in the long run.

Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority has recently contracted with Redzone Robotics, a wastewater and sewer inspection company, to conduct a comprehensive review of the authority’s 883,000 feet of pipes, authority General Manager Stephen Hogan said.

“We’re proactively seeking out any issue we have with our collection,” he said. “Our major goal is to evaluate the collection system.”

He said the $1.2 million inspection is unprecedented, and this 15-month process will help the authority form long-term plans for capital improvements, which will save the taxpayers money in the grander scheme.

“The reason being we can manage and plan for our rehabilitation projects in an orderly and logical manner, as opposed to having something fail and have to work under emergency circumstances,” Hogan said.

The authority has worked with Redzone Robotics to establish a seven-year, zero percent interest financing plan.

“We were quite amazed at the financial terms,” he said of the plan that will pay roughly $175,000 each year.

In Henry County, crews work constantly monitoring and maintaining the 1,400 miles of water line, Henry County Water and Sewer Authority Division Manager of Engineering Tony Carnell said.

He said the authority has a service-line replacement program that routinely replaces aging lines, while regularly consulting a streamlined database that tracks the age of pipes in order to determine leakage.

A geographical information system maps all waterlines, Carnell said, and includes not only the age of the pipe but when it was installed, the type of pipe, while also flagging areas that have had leaks and repairs.

“We’re very proactive in doing preventative maintenance on water distribution and waste water collection system,” he said.

The 442 miles of wastewater pipeline are monitored regularly using cameras that are snaked through the pipes to detect irregularities, clogs or degradation.

“One of the things we’ve seen in overtime and emergency costs is they’ve dropped dramatically. I know that’s directly related to preventative maintenance,” Carnell said.

“We don’t take it lightly.”

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