Environmental Compliance

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A Department of the Water Utility Division

Columbia County Water Utility strives to protect its customers, water resources, and the environment. The Environmental Compliance Division is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Utility’s Cross-Connection Control Program and FOG Management Program.


This process includes but is not limited to:

  • Site and Architecture plan review and approval concerning backflow protection on fire service, commercial lawn irrigation, and domestic water 
  • Site and architecture plan review and approval concerning grease interceptors, lint interceptors, reclaim tanks, hair interceptors, oil/grit interceptors and oil/water separators   
  • Site inspections
  • Participating in the final inspection for the Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Completion
  • Inspect commercial businesses, industrial facilities, and restaurants for compliance
  • Overseeing compliance
  • Inspection of backflow prevention devices, grease interceptors, lint interceptors, reclaim tanks, hair interceptors, oil/grit interceptors and oil/water separators   
  • Maintenance of backflow and FOG compliance records for each inspection, new installation, Upfits, and retro-fits
  • Issuing Commercial Waste Hauler permits required within the State of Georgia
  • Assisting the Administrative Department 

This office ensures compliance with all requirements as set forth by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2006 International Plumbing Code, American Water Works Association (AWWA), and University of Southern California Foundation For Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research (USC).  Environmental Compliance ensures these requirements by means of inspections and surveillance monitoring of all commercial, industrial and food preparation facilities.  


Cross-Connection Control Program




The Cross-Connection Control Program is designed to monitor and implement a backflow program which will help prevent our water supply from contamination, even unintentional contamination.  To prevent the risk of backflow and cross connections, we need public education and prevention.  Working with our customers, the Columbia County Water Utility will provide direction to the medium and high risk users on the installation of appropriate backflow prevention devices.  



Backflow Inspection

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FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease) Management Program



The Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG) Management Program is designed to reduce the number of sanitary sewer blockages and overflows by teaching people how to dispose of FOG appropriately.  Proper disposal of fats, oil, and grease is important because FOG in the sanitary sewer can build up and eventually block sewer lines, resulting in backups and overflows on streets, properties, and even in homes.  Sewer overflows are unsanitary and bad for the environment as well as costly to Columbia County and its customers.  In the end, the expensive cleanup and repairs associated with improper disposal of FOG can lead to increased sewer rates for customers. 



Fats, Oils  & Grease Inspection

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If you have any questions or need more information, please contact:

Scott Daniel, Environmental Compliance Coordinator


Office:     (706) 863-6928


Fax:        (706) 868-3473


 Mailing Address:

Columbia Co

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