What We Do

Field Maintenance

 

  • Our Field Maintenance team is responsible for operating and maintaining 11 major sewage pump stations that deliver sewage to the wastewater treatment plant. We also operate and maintain 17 submersible pump stations and 140 individual home systems in the Inwood Shockey Project. These pump stations ensure wastewater makes it from outlying parts of our system to the treatment plant. 
  • Additionally, our team inspects 25 Combined Sewer Oufalls (CSOs), or areas where our sewer system services both the stormwater and sewage systems. 
  • The Field Maintenance Team is skilled at making repairs in confined spaces and seemingly inaccessible parts of our system. 

 

Sewer

 

  • The Sewer Department oversees all operations and maintenance of the system’s sewer lines. This includes doing repairs of manholes and sewer lines that require digging into the lines, and ensuring that repairs are returned to pre-repair standards, including repairing streets with concrete if necessary post-repair. 
  • The Sewer Department operates video cameras to assess sewer lines and inspect for excessive grit, trash, or heavy grease build-up.  

     

    Plant Operations

     

    • The Wastewater Treatment Plant’s primary focus is protecting public health and the environment. The plans is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), and West Virginia Bureau of Public Health (WVBPH). 
    • The Plant’s top priority is prevention of disease and nuisance conditions. We also work to avoid contamination of water supplies and navigable waters and maintain clean and safe water for the people and wildlife that depend on the Ohio River.  
    • The Treatment Plant is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by a team of 18 operators. Operators perform various control tests using our on-site lab throughout the course of a day and make necessary adjustments to the treatment processes to ensure we are meeting federal and state standards. Operators also maintain the grounds and facilities.

       

      Pretreatment

       

      • The Pretreatment team is charged with overseeing commercial and industrial customers who discharge their waste through the city’s sewer lines. These customers provide approximately 17% of the daily flow through our system. 
      • Water leaving commercial or industrial sites may have significant quantities of pollutants and other substances that affect overall system operations. The Pretreatment team permits, samples industrial wastes and streams, conducts facility inspections, and maintains records. 
      • The Pretreatment team also oversees the Fats, Oils and Grease Program (FOG), which permits and inspects over 200 food service facilities that are serviced by the Huntington Sanitary Board’s system. 

         

        Street Sweeping

         

        • Street Sweeping is critical to the operation of our system. By removing debris from the roads, we keep it from entering our system and damaging our pipes, blocking flow, or harming our wastewater treatment plant. 
        • Street Sweeping schedules are posted each spring and fall. Sweeping allows our team the opportunity to take dangerous debris out of the path of our storm drains and catch basins. 

           

          Administration

           

          • Interacting with customers every day, the Administration team oversees the Sanitary Board’s billing. Our customer service representatives are responsible for ensuring the public has a positive interaction with the Sanitary Board and for resolving customer issues in a timely manner. 
          • Other members of the Administration team ensure we operate smoothly and cost-effectively, tracking the budget, seeking opportunities for grants and other outside financial support, and ensuring that our human resources needs are met.