The Pretreatment Program

Welcome to the Sanitary Sewer Board's Industrial Pretreatment Program. The program has the unique responsibility of monitoring and protecting the integrity of the biological processes at the Wastewater Treatment Plant while protecting the receiving stream from pass through event that would cause adverse effects to aquatic wildlife.

This is achieved through the constant monitoring of the waste stream. Pretreatment means just that - pretreatment. 40 CFR 403 (a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Code of Federal Regulation) is the blueprint that governs the Industrial Pretreatment Program that basically states that industries shall pre-treat the waste that enters the sanitary sewer to remove such items as oil and grease, zinc, silver and a variety of other metals.


Billy Johnson is coordinating the program and has brought fresh, "outside the manhole" attitude and thinking to make it one of most proactive programs in the State of West Virginia. The Wastewater Plant continue to be a leader and continues to raise the bar with its fine compliance record and much of this can be attributed to the efforts of the Pretreatment Program.

Program Goals

The main goal of the program is to protect the environment. That's quite an undertaking when you consider the industrial, commercial and residential waste that come to the treatment plant. The regulations from the U.S. EPA, WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and City of Fairmont Ordinance also provide the guidance for all wastewater treatment plants across the United States. They provide a legal background that a coordinator can use to enforce compliance across the publicly owned treatment works (POTW) receiving area and gives full permission to the coordinator to enter facilities which he deems necessary for inspection.