Water Resource Management

                           Bailey-Alexander Complex       

             Eric Carson, P.E.



The Water Resource Management (WRM) Department of the City of Auburn is comprised of four principal divisions staffed with 47 full time employees; Engineering/Administration Division, Water Division, Sewer Division and the Watershed Division which are housed in the Bailey-Alexander Complex located at 1501 West Samford Avenue, Auburn, Alabama.


The Water Resource Management Department of the City of Auburn is responsible for:

  • Sourcing, Treating and delivering safe and clean potable (drinking) water to the Citizens of Auburn
  • Collection and treatment of  wastewater generated in the City of Auburn as well as maintenance of the Sewer Collection System
  • Protecting the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of the water resources within the City of Auburn from all sources of degradation and pollution
  • Planning future Water Distribution/Treatment System and Sewer Collection System improvements based on growth and development forecasts
  • Providing engineering and technical support to various City Departments, Developers and Citizens concerning Water and Sewer infrastructure development as well as Watershed Management

FY 2014

  • Cleaned 62.1 miles of Sewer Main
  • Completed video inspection of 2.1 miles of sewer main
  • Completed video inspections of 108 service laterals
  • Responded to 397 sewer service calls
  • Inspected 406 grease traps
  • Recycled 1,200 gallons of wastewater
  • Treated 2.7 billion gallons of wastewater
  • Completed 1,490 erosion and sedimentation control inspections
  • Inspected over 15 miles of local streams
  • Inspected 308 stormwater outfalls
  • Treated 2.0 billion gallons of water
  • Sold 2.2 billion gallons of water
  • Completed 23,533 water system work orders
  • Flushed 1,772 fire hydrants



WRM Department Spotlight - FY 2014

Water Treatment and Distribution

  • Began design of improvements to the Lake Ogletree dam outlet structure and spillway
  • Began construction on the James E. Estes Water Treatment Plant office and laboratory renovations
  • Began construction of a new raw water pump station at Lake Ogletree
  • Completed the design for the Downtown Phase 2A water main replacement
  • Completed design for the demolition and removal of the Armstrong Street and East University Drive water storage tanks
  • Completed the construction of the Auburn Technology Park West surge tank
  • Completed Phase III and began construction on Phase IV of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System Improvements at the water treatment plant and remote facility sites
  • Completed the installation of the filter influent and waste basin valve actuators at the water treatment plant
  • Completed the replacement of filter and sedimentation basin turbidimeter instruments at the water treatment plant

Sewage Collection and Treatment

  • Completed the construction of the Northeast Outfall Phase II Sewer Project between North College and Shelton Mill Road.
  • Began construction of the Southside Sewer Basin 17B rehabilitation improvements project (vicinity of Woodfield Drive and Gay Street)
  • Completed the installation of standby diesel bypass pumps at three sewer pump stations (Solamere, Shadowwood and Wimberly Station Phase 2 Subdivisions)
  • Began design of the Northside Sewer Basin 5 rehabilitation improvements project (vicinity of Foster Street and Humane Shelter along Shug Jordan Parkway)
  • Began design of the H.C. Morgan Blower Improvements Project
  • Completed the construction of the Ross Street Sewer Improvements Project between Glenn Avenue and Magnolia Avenue
  • Completed a SCADA Improvements Project for the City's sanitary sewer pump stations  

Watershed Management

  • Completed 1,490 Erosion and Sediment Control Inspections and issued 535 enforcement letters
  • Collected and analyzed over 1,700 stream samples for turbidity and obtained >250,000 unique water quality measurements on local streams
  • Completed the first five-year phase of the WRM Outfall Reconnaissance Inventory, including the inspection and evaluation of 240 miles of stream and 1,228 stormwater outfalls