Atlanta proceeds with sewer capacity upgrade

March 6, 2024
Atlanta Department of Watershed Management targets combined sewer overflows from wet weather events with its latest sewer system enhancement.

The Atlanta Department of Watershed Managment will improve the sewer capacity in the Peoplestown neighborhood in an effort to mitigate flooding following an EPA Consent Decree.

According to an article in Construction Specifier, combined sewer overflows are the primary driver of the project as those overflows have resulted in flooding.

The project, called Custer Avenue Multi-Benefit Capacity Relief Project, will begin the design phase in early 2024, according to a press release from Brown and Caldwell, the engineer of record on the project.

The Brown and Caldwell release indicates construction will include a large underground capture and release structure for temporary combined sewer overflow storage during wet weather events. That storage will then gradually be released to the collection system via managed flows. The release provides further details.

New facilities include a large capacity storage vault, storm drain infrastructure, and added greenspace. The capture and release infrastructure will be housed underground at a new public open space with recreational amenities in the Peoplestown neighborhood, a low-lying area where some homes have historically been impacted by stormwater.

The project includes green infrastructure initiatives to create a park amenity for local residents. Community outreach and involvement is listed as a critical component of the long-term success of the project.

Read the full press release about this project on Stormwater Solutions, a partner brand of Endeavor Business Media.

About the Author

Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is the editorial director for the Endeavor Business Media Water Group, which publishes WaterWorld, Wastewater Digest and Stormwater Solutions. Crossen graduated from Illinois State University in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He worked for Campbell Publications, a weekly newspaper company in rural Illinois outside St. Louis for four years as a reporter and regional editor. 

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