Public Utilities

The Citizens of Dahlonega are served by one of the best utility systems in the state of Georgia.  With state certified crews that are on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the 7,000 residents of Dahlonega can rest assured that their water and wastewater needs are being met.  Through a Utility system composed of over seventy miles of drinking water lines, fifty miles of gravity/force mains, and over twenty pumping stations, Dahlonega’s Utility System is well prepared to handle today’s needs as well as future needs.  Through proper planning and sound financial practices, the City’s Utility System will continue to operate in a professional manner and deliver the highest quality of service to its customers.

For after hour emergencies please contact 706-864-3333 to report the issue and City Staff will be dispatched.

Water Department

The City’s Water Treatment Facility provides safe, quality drinking water to the residents of Dahlonega and has received numerous awards for outstanding operations in the state of Georgia. Our source of water is derived from the Yahoola Creek Reservoir, a 140-acre lake completed in 2003 through a joint venture with Lumpkin County. The water is treated through a state of the art “Pall” Membrane Filtration System that was implemented in 2010. The facility can currently treat 6 MGD (Millions of Gallons Per Day) with an expansion footprint of 10 MGD. The treatment plant is operated by state certified treatment specialist that ensure the City’s drinking water meets the requirements of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

706-864-3591 | 1929 Morrison Moore Pkwy East, Dahlonega GA, 30533

John Jarrard
Water/Waste Water Treatment Superintendent

Waste Water Treatment

The City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility insures that Dahlonega’s wastewater is treated to the highest quality before it returns to the Yahoola Creek Watershed. The Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) Treatment Facility went into service in 1996. The current system has a permitted discharge of 1.44 MGD monthly average and a weekly average of 1.8 MGD. In 2017, the facility, through SPLOST funding, upgraded its filters to an “Aqua Minidisk Filtration System”, installed a new UV Disinfection System and upgraded to a Variable Speed Aeration System. These new components allow the facility to meet very stringent water quality discharge permit requirements as well as achieve energy savings. The system is operated by state certified technicians that truly care about the environment and the Citizens of Dahlonega.

(706) 864-6397 | 464 Mechanicsville Rd, Dahlonega GA, 30533

Allen "Buck" McCallister
Waste Water Treatment Supervisor

Utility Billing and Collections

As an element of the Finance Department, utility billing and collection is administered through the City's integrated utility billing and customer information system that includes monthly meter reading, billing and collection, and customer service support for residential and commercial customers of water service, sewer service and garbage pick-up. Customers may sign up for new service, obtain account information, or have their services discontinued.

Tammy Bruce
Utility Billing Representative

Water Distribution

The Water Distribution & Sewer Collection Department is responsible for all matters with water once it leaves the Water Plant until it reaches the Waste Water Treatment Plant. This department is constantly performing all necessary maintenance on the 70 miles of water lines and 50+ miles of sewer lines to ensure the residents of Dahlonega are constantly met with the high-quality service and water they deserve. This crew’s work sometimes goes well beyond normal business hours, as they provide 24-hour on-call service for emergencies, as well as schedule many of the major projects to be completed at night to limit inconveniences to the public. Our trained, State-licensed operators make certain all jobs are done in compliance with the Georgia Rural Water and EPD standards. The goal of this department is to make sure the City of Dahlonega continues to “flow” efficiently, both day and night.

Ron Simmons
Supervisor Water Distribution


Paperless Billing Enrollment Form
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Service Application-Landlord
Request for Utility Account Adjustment
Service Application – Commercial
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Request for Utility Billing Automatic Bank Draft
Utility Rates Brochure 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

As a developer, who do I need to get in contact with in order to submit my water and wastewater Site Plans to EPD for review?

Sewer Contacts: Kelli-Ann Sottile Municipal Permitting Unit, EPD Wastewater Regulatory Program Email: Phone:  404-463-4945 Josh Hayes Environmental Engineer Municipal Permitting Unit, EPD Wastewater Regulatory Program Email:  Josh.Hayes Phone:  404-463-1834 Address:  2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive     Suite 1152 - East Tower     Atlanta, GA 30334… Read Full Answer

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