The mission of the Huntington Sanitary Board is to provide customers with high quality, cost effective sanitary sewer services by collecting and treating all wastewater generated from Huntington service areas and in accordance with applicable Local, State, and Federal permit requirements.
The Huntington Sanitary Board consists of 5 departments. Including Administration, Field Maintenance, Plant Operations, Pretreatment, and the Sewer Department. The following details the individual departments.
-- Water Quality Board meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.
-- Huntington Stormwater Utility meets immediately following the Water Quality Board meeting.
-- Huntington Sanitary Board meets immediately following the Huntington Stormwater Utility meeting.
• Maintain 11 major sewage pump stations.
• Operate and maintain 17 outlying submersible pump stations in addition to 150 individual home systems in the Inwood Shockey Project.
• Inspect 25 Combined Sewer Outfalls (CSOs).
• Perform confined space entries.
• Dig down repairs of manholes and lines.
• Cleaning/unstopping sewer lines.
• Repair streets with concrete when necessary due to a sewer line repair.
• Assess sewer problems.
• Video sewer lines to inspect for excessive grit, trash, or heavy grease build-up.
-- United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).
-- West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP).
-- West Virginia Bureau of Public Health (WVBPH)
-- National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit # WV0023159.
-- WWTP objectives include:
1. Prevention of disease and nuisance conditions
2. Avoiding contamination of water supplies and navigable waters.
3. Maintaining clean and safe water for fish as well as recreation.
4. General conservation of water for all uses.
-- The WWTP is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by 18 operational personnel.
1. Operators perform various control tests on and make necessary adjustments to the treatment processes.
2. Their duties also include housekeeping and maintaining the grounds and facilities.
-- The WWTP treats an average flow of 13 million gallons of wastewater a day (13MGD) for a total of 4.745 billion gallons per year.
1. Flows include Ceredo, Kenova, Northern Wayne, Spring Valley, and part of Pea Ridge.
2. Approximately 50-60 tons of sludge is processed daily and disposed by landfilling.
-- 6 mechanical maintenance personnel repair and replace equipment as necessary and continuously strive to improve the performance and reliability of the equipment being maintained.
-- The lab is responsible for analytical testing in accordance with the EPA protocols to determine if the treatment plant is operating efficiently and within the limits of the NPDES Permit issued by WVDEP.
-- The lab also conducts analytical tests on the receiving stream as well as various samples collected throughout our system and other customers.
-- Provides technical guidance as well as chemical and biological information to the wastewater staff to ensure proper operations.
-- Commercial and industrial establishments discharge waste through the wastewater collection system to the wastewater treatment plant.
-- Discharges could contain significant quantities of pollutants and substances that can affect the collection and treatment system and interfere with performance.
-- HSB has an Industrial Pretreatment Department that has the responsibilities of permitting, sampling industrial wastes and streams, facility inspections and maintaining all associated records. The permitted Significant Industrial Users discharging to the City’s sanitary system include large factories, small manufacturers and landfills and comprise about 16.97%of the daily flow.
Enforcement of this program is regulated and mandated by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and outlined in the Enforcement Response Plan of the City’s Sewer Use Ordinance. It is the task of the Pretreatment Coordinator to issue a variety of Notices of Violation, Administrative and Consent Orders and possibly Cease Orders to protect the POTW from deleterious wastes and from possible enforcement from the WVDEP and EPA. The pretreatment program is inspected by the WVDEP and/or the EPA on a regular basis.
The fats, oil and grease program (FOG), Article 933.56, is also managed by the Office of Pretreatment. This requires permitting, inspections and record management of over 200 food service facilities on the City’s sanitary system.