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Concerned About Lead?

At the Franklin County Department of Sanitary Engineering, the safety and quality of your drinking water is our first priority.  We ensure that the county water supply is free of lead in any detectible quantity, and monitor and report our findings on this and other harmful chemicals to the EPA and other regulatory bodies on a regular basis.  We also utilize anti-corrosion measures as needed to prevent lead from leaching from service lines and pipes.

Click here to view our Water Quality Reports

Service Area Valve and Fire Hydrant Project Updates

The SD4 Service Area Water Valve and Fire Hydrant Replacement Project is underway.  Residents can expect intermittent water shut downs as the contractor moves through the streets performing replacements from west to east and north to south within the service area.

Affected customers will receive shut off notices and shuts offs are planned in two time blocks: 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 3 pm.   This project is expected to be substantially completed by April 2016.

Please see the schedule for most recent time and streets of the location of the contractor. 

Sewer Cleaning

The Sanitary Engineer must clean its sewer system regularly to ensure it functions properly to protect public health and the environment. Refer to these Frequently Asked Questions to learn what you need to know about this important work being performed both County staff and hired vendors.

Commissioners Receive Report on Water, Sewer Operations

The Franklin County Commissioners have received a report on a contracted review of the county’s Department of Sanitary Engineering, which provides water and sewer service to about 7,000 county residents.  The commissioners contracted in April with Raftelis Financial Consultants to provide the professional review, which covered operations, costs of service, contractual agreements, and rates, among other topics.

The complete 108-page report may be downloaded below.

Water Quality Reports

The Department of Sanitary Engineering is responsible for providing a safe and dependable supply of drinking water to 40,000 residents in Franklin County.

Each year the department is required to provide a Water Quality Report for each district that provides a scientific analysis of the water to its customers.

Here are the reports for 2014:

New Water and Sewer Discount Program for Low Income Residents

The Franklin County Commissioners have approved a discount program for low-income water and sewer customers. The Department of Sanitary Engineering provides water and sewer service to approximately 40,000 residents. The Low Income Water and Sewer Discount Program will offer a 20% discount on charges for water and sewer usage to customers who meet certain income requirements.


The Sanitary Engineer provides safe water and sewer services for the residents of Franklin County in order to protect both our environment and our standard of living.

John O'Grady President
Paula Brooks
Marilyn Brown