Cumming sewer

Cumming will replace old lines with a gravity sewer system to alleviate storm water flooding for residential areas just west of Forsyth Central High School.

CUMMING, Ga. — Cumming will replace old lines with a gravity sewer system to alleviate storm water flooding for residential areas just west of Forsyth Central High School.

The gravity sewer system will start south of Canton Road at the Kelly Mill Branch going north into a wooded area near subdivisions. Also, in the area near Kelly Mill Branch, a section of pipeline is set to be replaced for Hickory Knoll. Cumming accepted the lowest bid of $563,500 from TYBE Company. 

Jon Heard, the city’s director of utilities, presented the new systems and replacements as well as pictures of past damage in the areas that he described needing better sewer and drainage systems. The old system, built in the 1970s, is made of clay pipes, he said, which is no longer an acceptable sewer line material. 

“Over time, the segments of this clay sewer pipe have settled and sagged and therefore the line doesn’t drain completely,” Heard wrote in an email. “This allows accumulated grease to harden and cause sewer line clogs — like a blocked artery in your heart.”

Over the past 10-15 years, the city has designated the area a “sewer clog hotspot,” he said, meaning that approximately every six months crews are sent out to pressure jet clean these lines to prevent a sewer spill into the creek. Before setting up this schedule, the city had a couple sewer spills along that line caused by grease clogs, he said. 

The new pipe will be made out of PVC and ductile iron pipe, two types of acceptable sewer line building materials for modern times, he said. 

Farmers as early as the 1930s started to manipulate the streams to straighten them out over time so that the stream would drain their land more in a rain event, he said. The project will include a plan to bring the stream back to a more natural alignment.

The request to advertise for bids for a gravity sewer system was approved with a 4-0 vote. 

Heard also suggested a new water tower logo for the city. The new logo remains undecided, but Heard and other council members liked the tagline, “Cumming Home.” 

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