The City of Gray Water Department Overview

The City of Gray Water Department supplies and distributes high quality water and collects and treats wastewater. Services provided include pumping and purifying water, maintaining the water distribution and wastewater collection systems, managing facilities and planning for future needs, all with the most responsible use of financial resources in mind.

The City of Gray owns and operates water and wastewater treatment systems to serve domestic, commercial and industrial users within the City, and to a limited extent outside the City. The City’s water and sewer systems are in good condition and are capable of meeting the current needs of its customers. In recent years the City of Gray has experienced rapid growth which has led to a considerable expansion of these systems. The City conducted an evaluation of its facilities in 2001 and has developed a plan to insure that its facilities will have the capacity to serve its customers in the future.

Water Treatment

Drinking water for the city is supplied by seven (7) wells. The water from the wells are pumped to the City’s water treatment plant on Highview Street where the water is disinfected with chlorine and fluoride is added to promote good dental health. The city produces an average of 475,000 gallons of water per day and has a pumping capacity of 650 gallons per minute. The plant operates 24 hours per day, everyday of the year and consistently produces finished water that meets or exceeds all state and federal criteria for drinking water quality. The city also purchases water from the Jones County Water System when needed.

The distribution system consists of 58.60 miles of pipelines ranging in size from two (2) inches to twelve (12) inches in diameter along with four (4) elevated storage tanks (750,000, 200,000 gallons, 150,000 gallons and 65,000 gallons) and a 200,000 gallon clear well. The majority of the distribution system is comprised of PVC and has been in service for twenty (20) years or less.

In an effort to maximize its revenue from the 1999 SPLOST, the Mayor and Council decided that it would be more cost effective to hire employees who would strictly work on upgrading the City’s water and sewer system. Since 2001, the Special Projects Crew has been instrumental in upgrading the City’s water and sewer system and has installed over 45,000 feet of water main.

Wastewater Treatment

The City of Gray owns and operates the Wolf Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) which has a capacity of 400,000 gallons per day with a plant load of 300,000 gallons per day. The Wolf Creek WPCP is a primary and secondary treatment plant and discharges into Wolf Creek.

The sewerage system consists of ten (10) liftstations and 33.25 miles of sewer main ranging in size from four (4") inches to eight (8") inches in diameter. The sewer mains are PVC, ductile iron and terra cotta.

Future Plans

The availability of water and sewer services will play a significant role in the future of the City of Gray. In order to prepare for the expected growth, the City is making a coordinated and comprehensive effort to address long term water and sewer needs. The City has retained the services of a Geologist to locate additional wells for the short term and has partnered with the Jones County Board of Commissioners to run a water main to the Town Creek Reservoir to meet the City’s future water needs. The City has embarked on an aggressive program to upgrade its distribution and collection systems and fire protection. The City has completed its Watershed Assessment, Environmental Information Document (EID) and Design Development Report (DDR) in preparation for the expansion of the Wolf Creek WPCP to a 1,200,000 gallon per day facility. A Watershed Assessment is now required by the Environmental Protection Division for a new or expanded NPDES Permit for wastewater discharges. The Watershed Assessment is both an assessment and a plan. Data on the watershed will be collected to learn about the relationships between water quality and activities and land use within the watershed. This knowledge will be used to come up with long-term and short-term plans to assure that water quality standards are met for all conditions.