Sheri Johnson, Utility Design Coordinator
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division maintains records of the utility systems infrastructure throughout the City. This information is collected from “As-built” drawings of new additions to the systems, as well as from actual field investigations and locations using modern Global Positioning Systems (GPS) equipment.
During the construction of additions to the utility systems, inspectors and contractors maintain records of the locations of underground facilities. These records are then incorporated into the existing GIS database, which is maintained by the Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC). The Utilities Department Design Coordinator utilizes this database to produce utility system maps and data for system analysis and maintenance, and to provide utility availability information to developers and others as required.
Most utility projects are normally designed by outside consultants. The GIS Division is responsible for the review and approval of water and sewer utility plans. Review of developers’ plans for additions to the existing Utility systems ensures compliance with regulations regarding construction materials and methods, as well as system integrity and public safety.