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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

Flushing Activities on HOLD until further notice

UPDATE: All flushing activities are on hold at this time until further notice.  The schedule will be revised when we can resume.  Thank you for your patience!

The SD4 Service Area Water Valve and Fire Hydrant Replacement Project has been completed.  We are now ready to begin implementing a more comprehensive water distribution system flushing program called Unidirectional Flushing (UDF).   A UDF program involves closing valves in a specific sequence to create water movement in one direction while opening specific fire hydrants at the end of that sequence. 

The UDF technique allows higher water flow velocities by isolating certain sections of water mains. The higher water velocity allows for better scouring of the pipes and will use 40% less water in the flushing process than conventional flushing methods, which the Sanitary Engineer and Fire Department has historically utilized.

UDF should have minimal impacts to customers.  Flushing will usually occur Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  During flushing, residents may notice temporarily discolored water and lower than normal water pressure. The discoloration does not pose a health risk. However, avoid using tap water or running the washing machine or dishwasher until flushing is complete.

Door hangers and message boards will be used in stating the day of planned flushing.  These will be posted at least 24 hours ahead of the planned activity in your area.

Please see the flyer for more details and a map.  (Dates will be provided soon.)

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