Under the comprehensive Capacity Certification Program the City
of Atlanta determines whether it has adequate wastewater treatment
and sewer system capacity before authorizing new flow and sewer
service connections requested by the building permit application.
The Capacity Certification Program enhances the building permit
application approval process by ensuring that the City of Atlanta
has adequate capacity
at its water reclamation centers, pump stations, force mains, and
gravity sewers to adequately manage the introduction of new flows.
These enhancements have served to help ensure that the addition
of new flows into the City’s sewer system does not threaten
public health or impair water quality due to inadequate capacity.
If the City of Atlanta determines that adequate capacity is not
available to handle the proposed new sewage flow, it may authorize
the new sewage flow provided there are sewer system improvements
that will offset the new sewage flow. These improvements may include
but are not limited to construction of relief sewers, permanent
plugging of an existing sewer service, or the rehabilitation of
the sewer system to reduce infiltration and inflow. The City of
Atlanta will exercise good engineering judgment based on the best
available information in making determinations and issuing appropriate
certifications of adequate capacity.