Engineering & Inspections

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Testing Requests:

Water Flow Test Requests

Sewer Flow Requests

Forms and Applications:

Easement Encroachment Agreement Form

Backflow Preventer Application (for use of Water Utility Disinfection Backflow Prevention Devices)

Columbia Water Utility Engineering & Inspections Department has the following responsibilities:

  • Review and approval of design plans for commercial and residential development pertaining to water and sewer facilities
  • Inspection and enforcement of GDOT projects according to the Columbia County standards, policies, and standard engineering practice in regards to the installation of water and sewer facilities
  • Design of water and sewer facilities for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) improvement projects
  • Assist Columbia County Engineering Services office in design and inspection of stormwater facilities

Columbia County Water Utility Engineering & Inspections Department performs the following services:

  • Water flow tests for development design
  • Sanitary sewer flow tests for development design
  • Easement Encroachment Permits
  • Easement acquisition for County designed and funded projects
  • Other duties as assigned to assist the Administrative Department


Water Utility Engineering & Inspections Department Staff:

Eric Hinds, Manager
Phone (706) 651-0433

James Bush, Assistant Manager
Phone (706) 868-4247

Bart Smalley, Assistant Manager
Phone (706) 868-4248

Mike de Leon, Plan Review
Phone (706) 447-7705

Kayley Reese, Administrative Assistant
Phone (706) 650-5036

Rob Koptis, Specialist
Phone (706) 868-4253

Jim Haney, GIS Specialist
Phone (706) 868-4255

Kevin Warner, Inspector
Phone (706) 868-4274

Patrick McCraith, Inspector
Phone (706) 650-5035

Jeff Williams, Inspector
Phone (706) 312-7170

Chris Futo, Inspector
Phone (706) 312-7207

Josh Hancock, Inspector
Phone (706) 312-7378

For Environmental Compliance (e.g. backflow and grease interceptors), please refer to the Environmental Compliance website.

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