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
  • 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
  • Estimated Completion Date: August 2017 
  • Actual Completion Date: June 2016
  • Ribbon Cutting Press Release

Smoke Testing Project

  • 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)




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Dept. Head

Darryl Muse


1016 Myrtle Street 
Valdosta, Georgia 31601

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