Sanitary Sewer Service

Forsyth Water Treatment Facility

Sanitary Sewer Service

The Village of Forsyth has an extensive system of public sanitary sewers, but wastewater treatment falls under the jurisdiction and responsibility of the Decatur Sanitary District.  The lateral sewers to which your sewer must be connected are under the jurisdiction of the City of Decatur, or the Village of Mt. Zion, or the Village of Forsyth as the case might be. The Decatur Sanitary District bills the Village for the amount of Village wastewater treated each month.
To obtain service, the property must be within the city limits of the city of Decatur, Village of Mt. Zion or the Village of Forsyth, and also with the Decatur Sanitary District’s boundaries.

The City of Decatur and the Village of Forsyth do not have an annexation fee, but the Village of Mt. Zion does.


For Clean Water Tomorrow . . . .
Do your part Today

For decades the target for water pollution prevention was the pipe coming out of an industrial facility or a treatment plant, or what is called “point source pollution”.  And although great progress has been made in cleaning up point sources, our waters are still threatened by the effects of runoff, or “nonpoint source pollution”.  Water wasting over land, whether from rain, car washing or the watering of crops or lawns, picks up a variety of contaminants.  It can carry oil, sand and litter from roadways, agricultural chemicals from farmland and nutrients and toxins from urban and suburban areas.  The runoff eventually finds its way into waterways, either directly or through storm drains.  The results are just like the problems caused by point source pollution, weed-choked ponds, fish kills, or contaminated drinking water.

Now governments at all levels are developing requirements for addressing this issue.  At the federal level, a permit program for stormwater discharge from certain sized municipalities and businesses is now underway.  Here in Macon County, the Villages and cities have along with the county, worked to develop an ordinance (individually adopted) to address land disturbances in a standardized manner.

Types of pollutants

Pathogens are disease-causing organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, that come from human and animal wastes.   They can be washed into waterways from pet droppings and feed lots, poorly functioning septic tanks, boat sanitary systems, and improper household drain systems.

Nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, stimulate plant growth.  Nutrients in runoff can come from home lawn care products, septic systems, yard and animal wastes and agricultural fertilizers.

Sediments caused by the erosion of dirt, sand and gravel can end up in stream beds and ponds where it can alter the flow and harm wildlife.  With proper planning, it can be limited at construction sites, along roadways and farm fields, and in suburban gardens and lawns.

Toxic Contaminants are substances that are harmful to human and animal life.  Toxins are found in a wide variety of products and include heavy metals, pesticides and organic compounds.  They can be released by a number of activities and tend to be resistant to breakdown in the environment.  Oil, grease, antifreeze and gasoline from roadways, and chemicals used in home, gardens, yards and on farm crops are major sources of toxic contaminants.

Debris  Trash is without a doubt the simplest type of pollution to understand.  It interferes with enjoyment of our water resources and in the case of plastic and styrofoam, can be a health threat to fish and water fowl.  Typically this debris starts as street litter that is carried by runoff into waterways.

What you can do:

Everyone, in some way, contributes to nonpoint source pollution through regular household activities.  Your action can eventually have an impact on your own drinking water.  But it can be reduced significantly if we all take some small preventive measures:

  • Don’t litter.
  • Don’t toss yard waste or animal waste into the street gutters or storm drains.
  • Fix that oil or antifreeze leak, and clean up spills by soaking them up with sawdust, or kitty litter and dispose of it in a trash bag instead of hosing the mess into the street.
  • Prevent soil erosion during construction and/or landscaping projects.
  • Never rinse paint brushes or materials into street gutters or storm sewers.
  • Apply pesticides in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and/or switch to non-toxic options.

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