Field Services


Feild Services Image

"Keeping it in the Pipes"


Field Services maintains our underground infrastructure in Columbus and Ft. Benning with over 70 dedicated employees. Field Services sustains over 1200 miles of water mains and over 1000 miles of sewer mains.



Leaks


If you see a leak please report it by calling 706-649-3400


How do we respond to a leak?

  1. We assess and classify the leak as emergency or non-emergency. 

       Emergency: The leak negatively impacts the customer, causes traffic hazard, or environmental concern.

       Non-Emergency: All other leaks

        2.   We call for utility locates and submit for city right-of-way permit  

      Emergency: Same Day

      Non-Emergency: Mandatory 72 hour waiting period

        3.  We excavate and make repair based on priority (leak severity) once locates are made.

        4.  We compact the trench backfill and make a temporary roadway patch with gravel or asphalt to quickly restore traffic.

        5.  We sub-contract permanent patch work. Per city regulations permanent patch must be made within 45 days.


Locates


Call 811 before you dig!


We will respond within 72 hours to locate our underground infrastructure within the city right-of-way.



Sewer Stop Ups


Please call 706-649-3400 to report a stop-up or overflow


How do we respond to a stop-up or overflow?

  1. We usually respond within one hour to correct any problem on the sewer main or portion of the service line within City Right of Way.
  2. If the stop-up is on private property or is due to debris in the lateral connection only, it may be necessary for you to call a plumber.

Please don't pour grease down your drain! It causes stop-ups and may lead to an overflow or back-up for you and/or your neighbors!



Storm-Water Systems vs. Sanitary Sewage System


If there is a clogged curb inlet or a storm-water problem such as flooding then call the city at 311.


The city is responsible for the Storm-Water System. The city is also responsible for the Combined Sewer System primarily located in the downtown and older mid-town areas of the city. The Combined Sewer System collects storm-water as well as sanitary sewage in this portion of our city and feeds it to one of our Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) facilities.