Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
May 1, 2007
Thomasville-- This week the utilities department is implementing one phase of a program that will take 4 to 6 years to complete. It will save the city money, and could save you from dangerous sewer gases.
It's a harmless, non-toxic smoke, but what it detects can be very harmful. The city is working with Custom Environmental, injecting the smoke into 200 manholes. Between each manhole runs 300 feet of pipe.
"If it has any defects in the pipes then the smoke will escape and that will indicate there's a problem with the sewer line," says Mike Atkinson, Director of Operations for the Gas, Water, & Sewer Department.
What they're looking for is called inflow and infiltration, or I & I. "That's where we get ground water running into the sewer lines and then that water through the sewer system is gravitated out to the waste water treatment plant," explains Atkinson.
Treating that water runs up the cost of operating the treatment facility. Catching the defects now will save lots of money in the long run.
But its not just about money- there could be problems that could affect you, too. There is a chance you could see the smoke enter your home through your kitchen sink, or floor drains in your house, like the one in your bathtub. "Basically that would be an indicator that your pipes coming to you from the street have a problem with you personal sewer lines," Atkinson says.
It something that's easily missed sometimes, but its important to get it checked out. "Sewer gases could penetrate back into your home which could cause illness, up to and including even death," Atkinson warns.
If you do see smoke, don't panic. Call 911 or the utilities department to make sure its just smoke testing. Then, take care of the problem. Atkinson advises, "you need to contact your local plumber to come out and check your lines out." The smoke could be the warning signal that saves your life.
After each manhole in this phase of the program is tested, the city will go back to each one where there was a defect and repair it. They say when the 4 to 6 year project is complete, they'll have a much better hand on the condition of their system for future years.