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Wastewater Collection

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Randy Nichols
Supervisor of Wastewater Operations




The mission of the Division of Wastewater Operations is to protect both human health and the environment by providing the highest level of wastewater collection service for its customers.


Did You Know?

The City of North Augusta provides wastewater collection service for approximately 11,473 residential, commercial and industrial customers. The Wastewater Collection Division is responsible maintenance and operation of 218 square miles of pipeline, 3319 manhole junctions and 21 liftstations.

Average daily wastewater flow collected and conveyed to Aiken County Public Service Authority’s Horse Creek Treatment Plant is approximately (3.2 - 4.1) Million Gallons per Day.


CCTV Inspections

CameraClosed Circuit Television equipment is used to monitor and inspect wastewater lines that would otherwise have to be excavated with heavy equipment. City crews regularly inspect lines to check the the integrity of the infrastructure and to identify ares for repair or replacement.





Line Cleaning


City crews regularly inspect and clean lines to prevent any potential issues with the collection system. A hydraulic water jetter is utilized as a quick and efficient method of cleaning the wastewater lines.  The lines are jetted with high-pressure streams of water and any accumulated debris in the pipes are flushed downstream.  




Smoke Testing


Smoke testing is a method used to identify direct and indirect connections between the wastewater collection system and stormwater sources which include downspouts, yard drains, missing cleanout plugs, broken service lines, manhole frames, and storm-water inlets or drainage ditches. These locations can serve as access points for groundwater and rainwater to intrude into the wastewater collection system which can result in unnecessary expenses for treatment of wastewater.



Dye Testing

Dye Testing

Dyed water testing is a rainfall simulation technique used to locate and quantify inflow sources identified during smoke testing and to confirm suspect conditions. It is used on storm drain sewer sections, stream sections, ditch sections, and wastewater main pipelines. The test consists of applying colored dye to water and flooding the area with the solution in the suspect area. The appearance of dye in a downstream manhole confirms erroneous water is entering into the collection system.




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You Can Help


Rainwater entering the wastewater lines is a major cause of sewage spills.  Too much rainwater overloads the system to the point where untreated wastewater spils out of the manholes or even backs up into homes through toilets and drains.

North Augusta operates and maintains its wastewater collection system to prevent rainwater from getting into the system.

In addition to back ups wastewater is also ultimately transported to a wastewater treatment facility for extensive processing before being returned to the environment. We want to avoid getting rainwater into this system because it costs money to treat.

Storm sewers are separate, and are meant to help control / convey storm water runoff into nearby detention / retention basins, creeks or streams to minimize flooding. 

Customers can play a major role in keeping treatment costs and operational problems at a minimum by following a few simple guidelines:

  • Make sure rainwater, downspouts, basement drains and sump pump discharges are not connected or piped into the sanitary sewer.  

  • Make sure that the sewer vent and cleanouts in your yard do not allow rainwater, etc. to flow into the sewer when the yard floods. The City will replace older square nut clean out caps with a flush ground level cap free of charge.

  • Never put grease or oil, eggshells, coffee grounds, etc. down the drain. Similarly, avoid flushing disposable diapers or feminine hygiene products into the system. These items can build up in and clog your house piping and possibly the main in the street as well, creating major problems.

  • Never put flammable materials (gasoline, solvents, etc.) into the system as these can cause dangerous buildups of explosive vapors which can create a public safety hazard to others and persons working on the system.

If you have an concerns with groundwater or rainwater entering the wastewater system, please call 803-441-4240.