Most people do not realize that there are many stormwater pipes and structures under and along the roadways they drive on every day. These pipes and structures make up the drainage system or storm sewer system that captures rain water and directs the water to the County’s rivers, lakes and streams. The Rockdale County Stormwater Utility is responsible for inspecting and maintaining more than 183 miles of pipe and more than 20,000 drainage structures within the County’s right-of-way.
Unfortunately, a significant portion of the County’s stormwater infrastructure is in disrepair and inadequate in its current state. Over time, drainage system components have deteriorated, separated, clogged, broken, or have otherwise become unsuitable. There are some (usually older) drainage system components that are undersized and unable to support the amount of stormwater that drains to them. Many serious consequences can result from improper management and failure of the County’s stormwater infrastructure, including: flooding of roadways, road collapse, property damage, contamination of water sources, and drowning hazards.
Whether the County’s stormwater infrastructure is damaged, obstructed or undersized, the Stormwater Utility is responsible for inspecting, maintaining, repairing and/or replacing these pipes and structures as necessary to ensure their proper operation.
Typical Maintenance of Stormwater Drainage Systems:
- Repair or replace damaged components.
- Remove sediment and debris which significantly block flow.
Examples of Rockdale County Stormwater Utility’s Maintenance Projects:
Sigman Road – A ditch was created to prevent flooding in the roadway
Pinewood Drive – The existing metal pipe had collapsed and had to be replaced
Yarbrough Road – A pothole formed due to pipe failure and the pipe had to be replaced
Abbott Road – Maintenance was performed to clear vegetation, debris and sediment from pipe
King Drive and Bailey Drive – The ditches were redefined to prevent flooding in the roadway
McWilliams Road – A pothole formed due to a pipe failure and pipe had to be replaced