Wastewater

About the Wastewater Treatment Plant


The City of Fairmont Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) began operation in 1983 with a design flow of 6 million gallons per day (MGD). In 1993, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit adapted to allow 9 MGD. The WWTP secondary treatment facility consists of 19 lift stations, bar screens, 3 rectangular primary clarifiers, 24 mechanically-driven rotating biological contractors with supplemental aeration, 4 secondary clarifiers, a chlorine disinfection system, and a de-chlorination facility. The solids are concentrated into 2 gravity thickeners before transferring to a 2 -stage anaerobic digestion system that produces Class B biosolids. Biosolids are de-watered with 1.5-meter belt-filter presses and applied to local farmland in accordance with state and federal regulations. In addition, the City of Fairmont WWTP hosts 6 other towns or public service districts including the Town of Barrackville, Greater Paw-Paw PSD, Kingmill Valley PSD, Whitehall PSD, the Town of Monongah, and Dakota / Meredith Springs area.

Citizen and student group tours are frequently conducted through the Fairmont facility.

The Fairmont Wastewater Treatment Plant continues to ensure that the biological purification process enhances the statewide clean water goals. The facility excels with numerous awards and continued commitment to protect the environment.


The City of Fairmont Sanitary Sewer Board is now accepting applications from our local farmers to take part in the WV DEP’s Biosolids Land Application Program. Biosolids can be applied as a fertilizer to improve the nutrients in the soils to help produce plant growth. Interested individuals that have flat meadows and/or pasture lands that could benefit from Biosolids are encouraged to find out more about the program. For general asked questions you may visit EPA’s website at: https://www.epa.gov/biosolids/frequent-questions-about-biosolids. For additional details and/or to see if you qualify for the program please contact the City’s program coordinator, Tim Andrew. Mr. Andrew can be contacted Monday through Fridays 7am to 3pm at: 304-366-0540 ext. 222.

You can complete the Farm Pre Qualification Survey here