Welcome to Athens Utilities Water Services Department

Manager: John D. Stockton
Phone:  (256) 232-1440
FAX:    (256) 233-8732

Water TowerAthens Water Services is a division of The City of Athens Utilities.  Athens Utilities is owned by the City of Athens and governance is provided by the City Council which meets the second and fourth Monday evenings of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Police Department Building which is located at 951 Hobbs Street East.

We provide water service to approximately 10,600 customers and sewerage service to approximately 7,200 customers.  We continually strive to provide a high quality of service to all our customers with a minimal amount of interruption and inconvenience when construction or maintenance activities are performed.  A current copy of our annual consumer confidence report can be accessed by opening the PDF file located on the left of this page.

Our water treatment plant is located on Section Line Road and withdraws water from Elk River.  It is currently permitted to process up to 13.5 million gallons per day (mgd).  We always provide water to you that is clean, crystal clear and pathogen free.  In addition to City customers, we are contracted to provide up to 4.0 mgd to the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority (LCWSA).  We are currently preparing a $4,000,000 rehab/upgrade project that will increase our output to 14.8 mgd and position the City for quality operation and production through the next 20 years.  This project should be completed by the Spring of 2014.

We have a new wastewater treatment plant completed in 2010 that is located at the south end of Cloverleaf Drive or the east end of Sanderfer Road.  This treatment plant has an average daily capacity of 9 mgd with maximum hydraulic capacity of 18 mgd.  It has been designed to readily accommodate doubling the capacity and adding potential treatment upgrades in the future.  Like our water treatment plant this facility has abundant treatment capacity to accommodate growth for at least the next 20 years.

The Athens Water System includes a river water pumping station, the treatment plant and two main finished water pumping stations.  We have seven water storage tanks with a capacity of over seven million gallons and there are 277 miles of water transmission and distribution pipe.  20% of this pipe is very new, having been constructed since 1992.  Another 20% of the pipe was constructed prior to World War II.

Our sewerage system contains approximately 152 miles of pipe, three major pumping stations and seven small subdivision level pumping stations.  All of the pumping stations are very new and most of the sewer pipe is in very good shape.  Over 26% of the sewer pipe is less than 20 years old.  However, approximately 30 miles, i.e. 20%, of our sewers were constructed over 60 years ago of vitrified clay tile with little or no attention to watertight construction.  These sewers have now fulfilled their useful service life and the Wastewater Department is fully involved in a 10-year program to replace all of these clay tile sewers with modern watertight construction.  The areas of clay tile sewer are all within the central city portion of Town.  The replacement construction is almost always in the middle of a City street and for that disruption and inconvenience we sincerely apologize.  But, the end result will be a worthwhile improvement that will save the Wastewater Department operating budget several hundred thousand dollars each year and will preserve our wastewater treatment capacity for only pure sewage that is undiluted by surface water inflow and ground water infiltration.  Patience from the driving public is greatly appreciated and will be rewarded as quickly as each street project can be completed.