Public Utilities Begins Final Phase of City-Wide Surveying Project

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Virginia Beach Public Utilities has begun the final phase of a two-year project to survey and record the GPS coordinates of water meter and sanitary sewer cleanout locations in the city.  This phase, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will cover the southern half of the city and a small section north of I-264.

Many of the City’s older water meters and sanitary sewer cleanouts were installed prior to current-day surveying and computer recordkeeping techniques. Collecting precise locations of the older service connections will help Public Utilities respond more quickly to service calls, ensuring the highest level of customer service.

Meters and cleanouts are located at or near property lines, typically in the right-of-way in front of a home or business, but occasionally on the property they serve.  In either case, a small hole in a lawn or planted bed may be required to verify the location of a meter or sewer cleanout.  Public Utilities will take great care to restore any excavations back to their original condition.

For more information, visit or contact Wayne Phelps or Jim Williams with Virginia Beach Public Utilities at (757) 385-4171.