A manhole overflows near Scott Drive in Valdosta earlier this year
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
The city of Valdosta is looking big and small to help solve their sewage problems. One of the small items is replacing and repairing manholes.
The city of Valdosta has agreed with the Georgia Department of Environmental Protection Division to replace at least 60 manholes per year.
So far the city has identified 120 manholes in need of repair or replacing out of the roughly 50% of the city's manholes that they have surveyed. City council has approved the third phase of the project, allowing for work on 38 of the 120 manholes. New manhole covers will not solve all of Valdosta's sewage problems, but it should help reduce the amount of problems.
"Repairing or replacing these manholes will be a major step towards solving the inflow and infiltration problems that we have," said Assistant Valdosta Utilities Director David Yost.
The city will work on 22 more manholes in the next phase of the project, which will start sometime later this year, for the required total of 60 manholes per year.
The entire project of inspecting and repairing all of the city's manhole covers is expected to be completed in December of 2018.