Fairmont Water Plant Upgrades Improve Public Health Protections
The State Journal
20 August 2012
Federal, state and local officials marked completion Aug. 20 of
major improvements to the Fairmont Water Filtration Plant that
will provide added drinking water protections and promote economic
investment in the area.
The $12.1 million upgrade was largely financed with $8.8 million
in federal funds awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, including $4.4 million from the federal Recovery Act.
"The improvements to this plant are a prime example of how the
Recovery Act and other federal funds are making a positive
difference every day in our communities and lives," said EPA
Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin.
"Not only are we creating a facility to meet current and future
water demands, we're also opening the door to additional economic
investment in this area – bringing permanent jobs and positive
impacts to the local and regional economy," Garvin said.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the plant, Garvin also
acknowledged Fairmont officials for a national Drinking Water
State Revolving Fund Sustainable Public Health Protection Award
for furthering the goal of clean and safe water through
exceptional planning, management and finance. Fairmont was
nominated for the award by the West Virginia Department of Health
and Human Resources.
Fairmont's water filtration plant is the fourth-largest publicly
owned water utility in West Virginia, providing water service to
approximately 50,000 customers, including more than 13,500 direct
customers in Fairmont as well as resale customers in 10
municipalities in four surrounding counties.
The plant's upgraded water treatment process now fully uses
membrane technology, which provides nearly 100percent protection
against waterborne pathogens and produces high quality, safe
The upgrades to the handling of waste material at the plant will
eventually eliminate effluent discharge into nearby surface water,
thereby decreasing the demand on the downstream Fairmont
Wastewater Treatment Plant and providing additional environmental
For information on EPA's Recovery Act projects, visit http://www.epa.gov/recovery/.