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

Secondary Treatment Facility

The WWTP secondary treatment facility consists of:

  • 24 mechanically-driven rotating biological contractors with supplemental aeration
  • 19 lift stations
  • 4 secondary clarifiers
  • 3 rectangular primary clarifiers
  • Bar screens
  • A chlorine disinfection system
  • 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.

Hosted Towns

In addition, the City of Fairmont WWTP hosts 6 other towns or public service districts including:

  • Dakota / Meredith Springs area
  • Greater Paw-Paw PSD
  • Kingmill Valley PSD
  • Town of Barrackville
  • Town of Monongah
  • Whitehall PSD


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

Clean Water Goals

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.

Biosolids Land Application Program

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. 

Questions or Further Information

For general asked questions you may visit EPA's website. 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 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 304-366-0540 ext. 222.

You can complete the Farm Pre Qualification Survey online.

Aerial View of the Fairmont Wastewater Treatment Plant