Sewer System Improvements

Completed Plant Projects

The City of Valdosta Utilities Department has been working diligently on a number of wastewater improvements.

Since 1992, the city has received $179 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds and invested in capital improvement projects (CIP). During the same timeframe, the city has expended $167 million for water/wastewater projects from SPLOST proceeds, system revenues, bonds, and Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) loans.

On November 5, 2013, the SPLOST VII was approved by voters and is expected to generate about $150 million, of which Valdosta will receive an estimated $80 million. Nearly 70 percent of the funding will be dedicated to wastewater projects, which is $55.4 million. Over the next 4 years, projects that will be funded by SPLOST, system revenues, GEFA loans, etc. include:

Force Main Project

  • 2 master pump stations
  • 2 minor pump stations
  • Over 6 miles of force main
  • New headworks structure
  • 6 million gallon per day (MGD) flow equalization (EQ) basin
  • Project Cost: $36 million – Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Loan
  • Contract Awarded to Garney Construction on April 24, 2014
  • Estimated Completion Date: July 2016
  • Actual Completion Date: July 2016
  • Ribbon Cutting Press Release

New Plant / Relocation Project

  • Relocation of the remainder of the old plant to the new site
  • Project Cost: $23 million – SPLOST VII
  • Contract Awarded to Parsons - June 19, 2014
  • Estimated Completion Date: August 2017
  • Actual Completion Date: June 2016
  • Ribbon Cutting Press Release

Smoke Testing Project

  • Constantine Engineering began work in January 2014
  • Test 300 miles of sewer lines
  • Project Cost: $700,000
  • Completion Date: December 2018

Annual Sewer Manhole Replacement / Rehabilitation Program

  • Minimum 30 manholes each year
  • Project Cost: $2,250,000
  • Completion Date: December 2018

Pump Station Replacement / Rehabilitation Program

  • Project Cost: $5,000,000
  • Completion Date: December 2018

Pump Station Emergency Portable Generators

  • 1 generator each year over the next 4 years
  • Project Cost: $250,000
  • Completion Date: December 2018

In addition to the projects listed above, the city spends on average $4 – 5 million for regular repairs, maintenance, etc. throughout the system annually. The city has also completed the following short-term projects for a total of $2,500,000 to assist with the overall function of the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) until all the projects can be completed:

  • Mobile belt filter pressTertiary Filter
  • New bar screens
  • New Return Activated Sludge (RAS) piping
  • Air piping
  • Two new blowers
  • Converted old primary clarifiers to storage basins

Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP)

  • Contract Awarded to Parsons December 2014
  • Project Cost: $200,000
  • Update the existing SewerGEMS Hydraulic Model of the Withlacoochee sewershed
  • Develop the base case and the hydraulic model for use as a predictive tool to identify potential sewer overflow locations based on the existing model data.
  • Based on modeling, identify potential I&I locations and prioritize I&I elimination through system rehabilitation.
  • Completion Date: August 2015

Additional Information

Director of Utilities

1016 Myrtle Street 
Valdosta, Georgia 31601