In the fourth week of Clean Streets Matter initiative, the Macon Water Authority (MWA) joined Macon-Bibb County departments and Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful (KMBBC) to clean up neighborhoods by determining where the MWA’s Street Sweeping Program could support the ongoing efforts. As one of the programs in the MWA’s Comprehensive Stormwater Management Utility, which began on December 31, the MWA is now responsible for street sweeping in Macon-Bibb County.  

Beginning February 4, MWA street sweepers removed 75 tons of dirt, debris, and litter from more than 19 miles of road. This included Madden Avenue, Belmont Avenue, Ingleside Avenue, Riverside Drive at Ingleside Avenue, Roundfield Road, Glendale Avenue, Pinson Street, Delwood Drive, Old Columbus Road, and Rocky Creek Road. The work includes streets covered in dirt, pine straw, leaves, and litter or in areas that were sites of recently removed illegal dumps. 

“The MWA recognizes that stormwater infrastructure is “critical” infrastructure, and its proper maintenance and operation are essential to our quality of life, economic well-being, and the public safety of our citizens and businesses,” says MWA Chairman Samuel F. Hart, Sr. “We welcome this partnership with Macon-Bibb County and Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful as a means of providing a cleaner place to live, work, and play. We encourage all neighborhoods to join us in this Clean Streets Matter initiative as we work together for the betterment of our community.” 

Also during the past week, Macon-Bibb crews cleaned up 141.885 tons (283,770 pounds) from 12 illegal dumps and 85.03 tons of yard waste from 1,321 stops along the normal collection routs. The departments were able to resolve 38 service requests during the week, and the community continued to let departments know of other areas by submitting 115 new SeeClickFix service requests.

“I want to thank the Macon Water Authority for bringing their resources to this effort and coordinating with our departments to more quickly clean our neighborhoods,” says Mayor Lester Miller. “I want to encourage all businesses and groups to get involved however they can, from holding a neighborhood cleanup to reporter people that litter or create illegal dumps and more.” 

To help with the Clean Streets Matter initiative, you can report issues with trashy streets or organize your own neighborhood cleanup. To report one of the following issues, go to illegal dumps, eviction debris, litter, downed trees, dead animal pickup, furniture/appliance pickup, and tires. To organize a neighborhood cleanup with the support of Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful, click here.

(Pictures above from Wood Valley Drive)