Construction and Engineering

Engineering Management
The Engineering Management section of the Public Utilities Department (PUD) is responsible for approving plans and inspecting all water and sanitary sewer projects, mapping and maintaining GIS, administering development contracts, and engineering water and sanitary sewer projects for the department.

Water And/Or Sanitary Sewer Improvements Plans Review
All proposed water and/or sanitary sewer improvement plans must be reviewed and approved by PUD.  Proposed developments are submitted to the Planning Department and distributed to PUD for review.  Contact Greg Jackson for additional information and/or review coordination.   Specs for Water Main Construction (pdf)  Specs for Sanitary Sewer Line Construction (pdf)  Water and Sanitary Sewer Construction Details (zip)


Edward Focht
Utilities Engineer

Staff Directory

Engineering Management
124 East Hancock Avenue
Athens, GA  30601

Phone: 706-613-3490
Fax: 706-613-3476


Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fire Hydrant Flow Test

All fire hydrant flow tests are performed by PUD. A Flow Test Request Form should be submitted to engineering management with a check payable to Athens Clarke County. You will be required to list the hydrant numbers of the hydrants you would like to flow test. If you need a map listing our hydrant numbers, please use the Map Request Form to receive this information. Contact Greg Jackson for additional information.

Water And/Or Sanitary Sewer Capacity Evaluation

A water and/or sanitary sewer capacity evaluation is required for all water and sanitary sewer improvements. A letter should be submitted to PUD requesting an evaluation. This request should include the name of the proposed development, street address, tax parcel identification number, proposed density of the development, the zoning designation, proposed domestic water and sanitary sewer demands, location map, plan showing proposed development, and a dwg file containing a plan of the proposed development when available. The fee for evaluations are: $115 for Sanitary Sewer and $35 for Water. Contact Greg Jackson for additional information.

Map Requests - Map Requests Form

For those in need of maps of the Athens-Clarke County water and sanitary sewer system in a particular area, please use the Map Request Form. The Map Request Form will require you to list a grid number of the map you are requesting. Please download our Map Request Grid, find the grid which includes your desired location and then fill out the Map Request Form. For more information contact Eddie Arnold.

Water And/Or Sanitary Sewer Construction Inspection

All proposed water and/or sanitary sewer improvements must be inspected by PUD. The contractor must contact the assigned inspector 24 hours prior to beginning utility construction. Contact John Halley at for additional information.

Approved Contractors

All contractors installing public water and/or sanitary sewer lines must be approved by PUD. Approved contractors must be a Licensed Utility Contractor in the State of Georgia, have one million dollars general liability insurance & worker's compensation coverage policies, have five references, three of which must be municipalities, and submit a list of equipment to PUD. Contact John Halley for additional information.

Utility Contracts
Water and/or sanitary sewer improvements involving extensions of mains require a contract to be executed between a developer and Athens-Clarke County (ACC) along with the payment of administrative fees to cover the costs of line inspection, possible tap, labor & materials charges, etc. Contact Denise Dickson for additional information.

Utility Easements

All water and sanitary sewer improvements accepted by ACC PUD for ownership, operation and maintenance require accompanying easement documents and plats legally conveying the easement to ACC. The documents are most often prepared by a developer's attorney and surveyor, but must meet the ACC Attorney's approval. For easement and plat inclusions, contact Denise Dickson for additional information.