Fire Hydrant Testing – April 25

The fire department will be testing the following fire hydrants today (4/25/17).

420 W Hightower Trail
478 W Hightower Trail
Highway 11 & Lipscomb Rd
Highway 11 & McGarity Rd
145 Highway 11
161 Highway 11
Jackson Ct
702 Jackson Ct & Ragan Ct
738 Jackson Ct
1030 Justin Ct
Lindsey Way & Morrow Dr
531 Lindsey Way
588 Lindsey Way
Maple St
503 Meadows Ln
563 Meadows Ln
635 Meadows Ln
685 Meadows Ln
728 Meadows Ln
1131 Morrow Dr
1219 Morrow Dr
1262 Morrow Dr

Leaf and Brush Pickup Delayed

Cherry BlossomsIt’s spring and we are sprucing up our yards. This creates piles of brush and debris for City Crews to pick up. The crews are still continuing their pickup schedule from fall, but are currently delayed as they wait on the delivery of a new leaf truck. There is only one crew working at this time and they are doing the best they can to keep up.

To make things easier for our crew, please do the following:

  • rake leaves to the curb or road
  • make piles no higher than three feet and six feet in diameter
  • place piles horizontally along the curb for timelier and easier pickup by city crews.
  • no trash, metals, brush etc. mixed in to prevent damage to the machinery.
  • limbs should be cut to no more than 7 feet in length
  • Bagged leaves will be picked up and transported to the cities leaf drop off area.

A load is approximately 8 feet by 8 feet by 4 feet.

Important Message from the City about Natural Gas Safety

Natural gas, America’s most popular home heating fuel, is increasingly popular for use by homeowners, schools, businesses, factories and electric power-generation plants because it is efficient, clean, reliable and a relative bargain compared to alternative energy sources. In our community, the City of Social Circle provides natural gas to more than 1100 customers through a network of underground distribution lines.

Main gas lines, typically 2-inch in diameter, branch into household service lines which are typically half-inch to three-quarter-inch in diameter and buried 12- to 18-inches below the surface. To protect you and others in the community; federal and state government, along with your utility provider have made your safety a high priority. Any time you dig or move earth in any way, you are required to “Call Before You Dig” 48 hours before beginning any digging. When you call 811, they will contact utility owners who will locate all buried utility lines on your property, so you can safely dig and prevent a potentially hazardous condition. Failure to use the 811 system is a known cause of pipeline accidents. Calling before you dig can prevent a costly or even deadly mistake. For more information, see, or call City Hall at 770-464-2380.

Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas. A chemical that smells like rotten eggs is added to help detect a possible leak. Some of the signs of a gas leak include seeing bubbling water, hearing a hissing or blowing sound from a pipeline or appliance, dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area, dirt or dust blowing from the ground, or the smell of rotten eggs. If you smell gas, or just think you might be smelling gas, leave the area immediately and call your local gas provider at 770-464-2380 or 911 from a neighboring home or business. Never turn on or off switches or use a flashlight or phone in the presence of the gas smell, because an electric spark could ignite the gas, causing an explosion.

Do your part to familiarize yourself and your family with these natural gas safety tips and continue to enjoy the value, comfort and benefits of America’s cleanest, most efficient energy source!

This message is brought to you by City of Social Circle as a public service. To learn more about our natural gas service and the benefits of natural gas, call 770-464-2380.

Drought Level Dropped from 2 to 1 for Walton County

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has announced it will ease outdoor water use requirements in 86 counties. Improving drought conditions have resulted in 31 counties being upgraded from a Level 2 Drought Response to a Level 1 Drought Response, including Walton County.

“Winter rains have brought needed relief to much of the state, but Lake Lanier, the Chattahoochee River and smaller streams in the region have been slow to recover,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn.  “As a result, the Level 2 Drought Response will remain in place in the upper Chattahoochee River Basin, including most metropolitan Atlanta counties.”

The following activities are allowed under Level 1 Drought Responses:

  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation.
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day.
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day and hand-watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.
  • General landscape watering may be done after 4:00 p.m. and before 10:00 a.m. on the designated days.

More water conservation information is available at

Please Don’t Flush “Flushable” Wipes

“Flushable” wipes are the new headache for wastewater treatment operations. Flushable wipes are made from high strength fibers that do not lose their strength and do not biodegrade fast enough to keep from clogging the pipes. The wipes get stuck on imperfections in the pipes and then other items get stuck which leads to clogs in sewer lines and malfunctions in sewer lift stations resulting in sewer spills.

This is not a problem to only Social Circle. Clogs from flusable wipes have been responsible for millions of dollars of damage to sewer systems in New York and London.

Please do not flush any kinds of wipes to help keep our sewer system running smoothly.

Water Plant Improvements Temporarily Cause Discolored Water

Due to some major improvements at the Water Plant customers may experience some discolored water coming from their faucets. After the work was complete at the Water Plant City Workers flushed the main water line and stirred up some sediment in the pipes.

The water is safe and this is a temporary condition that will clear up by the end of the day.

Rains Provide Some Relief

Although the recent rains have put a significant dent in the current drought by filling our reservoirs and streams, the State of Georgia has not issued an official update to the current drought conditions. We will remain in Level II Drought Response.

The recent heavy rains are creating some water-related issues within the City that you can help with.

Help Keep Storm Drains Clear

During heavy rain events, ditches and storm drains become full, and sometimes will cause localized flooding of roads and yards.  This can be caused by a lot of rain in a very short time, or debris such as leaves and brush being washed into the drainage system causing it to clog.  The city makes every effort to keep problem areas clear and clean of debris.  We are in the process of improving some problem areas by increasing pipe size and removing built up sediment in ditches.  However, citizens can help by keeping their ditch lines and driveway culverts clear of debris.

A special note: Please keep away from culverts or storm drains especially during heavy rain events.  Water is a powerful force and can easily sweep anyone off their feet, especially a small child.

Keep Sewer Clean-out Covers In Place

It is important for every residence in the city to ensure that the cover on their sewer clean-out is in place. This keeps rain from entering the sanitary sewer system and causing unnecessary costs related to the treatment of rain water.

Hydrant Repair Will Mean Short Water Outage

Water will be off in Squirrel Woods and Branham Circle on January 26th starting at 10:00 am while City crews repair a leaking fire hydrant.  Water should be restored by no later than 1:00 pm.

If you experience cloudy water, let it run for a few minutes and it will clear up.

Mapping of water and sewer distribution system

Recently the City of Social Circle hired a professional consulting firm to perform an analysis, locate, and identify all of our major water pipes, valves, fire hydrants, sewer mains, and manholes located throughout the city. The firm is using a geographical information system (GIS) that will allow staff and engineers to analyze each of our systems electronically, looking at virtual maps to evaluate the best solution for problem areas. These efforts will allow the city to provide improved services to the citizens saving time, money, and will allow future upgrades to these systems be performed more effectively and efficiently. You may have noticed pink survey tape on many of our hydrants, valves, and manholes
throughout the city. This tape allows easy identification for the GIS mapping team to locate each hydrant and put them on the map.

For more information contact Barry Parsons, Water Resources Director at 770- 464-2380

Water Conservation in Effect for Social Circle

Due to persistent dry conditions in the state of Georgia; the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) issued a Level 1 drought response for 53 counties in Georgia on September 9th, 2016. This response includes Newton and Walton Counties. The City of Social Circle asks its citizens follow EPD conservation measures to ensure future adequate water supplies for fire protection and health and hygiene. The following conservation measures are recommended.

Water Conservation: Tips for saving Water, Energy and Money

Excerpts republished from Conserve Water Georgia. These and more tips may be found by visiting:

Inside your home

  • FIX THAT LEAK: Correct a leaky faucet or toilet and save money: A leaky faucet can result in more than 3,000 gallons of water lost a year while a leaky toilet can result in over 200 gallons a day or 73,050 gallons of water a year. To find out if you have a leaky toilet, place a drop of food coloring in the tank. If the color shows in the bowl without you flushing, you have a leak. Search online on how to repair a leaky sink or toilet or go to a hardware store to learn more.
  • GIVE YOUR SHOWER POWER: Taking a bath requires about 70 gallons of water. If you choose to take a bath, place a stopper in the drain immediately and adjust the temperature as you fill the tub. Another option is to take a 5-minute shower which only uses 10 to 25 gallons of water. You can purchase a water saving shower head to reduce the flow.
  • TURN IT OFF: We’ve all heard it, but turning the water off while brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons a day or 2,880 gallons a year.
  • MAKE IT A FULL LOAD: The average washing machine uses about 41 gallons of water per load. High efficiency machines use around 28 gallons per load. To save water, wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate load size selection on your machine. Washing only full loads reduces the number of loads you wash per week.
  • DON’T FLUSH MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN: If you own a toilet made before 1993, you are flushing too much money down the drain by using over 3.5 gallons per flush. New high-efficiency models use less than 1.3 gallons per flush. Installing one new toilet could save a family of four more than $90 per year on their water bill. This is over $2,000 for the lifetime of the toilet.

Outside your home

  • WATER EFFICIENTLY: Look at the plant to see if it shows signs of moisture stress. Use a drip irrigation or micro spray to save about 30% to 50% of the water and water at night or in early morning to avoid losing water to evaporation.
  • PUT THE RIGHT PLANTS IN THE RIGHT PLACES: Read the plant tag and ensure it is appropriate for the location you want to plant it. Consider your slope and drainage patterns.
  • ADD ORGANIC MATTER TO SOIL: Compost or mulch improves the ability of the soil to hold water and nutrients.
  • HARVEST WATER FOR IRRIGATION: Whether from an air-conditioner, dehumidifier, or rainfall, collect water in rain barrels or cisterns to use for irrigation.

A Level 1 Drought Response declaration means local water utilities in the affected counties will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understands drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation. The “Water Stewardship Act of 2010” remains in place statewide; which allows outdoor water use year round between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. For additional information and guidelines on current drought conditions please access the following link:,-Enc.aspx