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Billy Hester

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Understanding the
Sanitary Board of Bluefield and the
Bluefield Storm Water Board

Who works at SBB?
Governed by five board members, city manager or mayor of Bluefield, West Virginia is the chair

Executive Director runs day-to-day operations

40 full-time employees

1 college intern

Staffing is scheduled 24 per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year!

Bluefield Municipal Building
100 Rogers Street
Post Office Box 998
Bluefield, WV 24701
$4,257,176 of Upgrades made to Sanitary Sewer System (since 2012)
Ada Treatment Plant Upgrades

Pumping Station Upgrades

Westside Treatment Plant Upgrades

Pumping Station Upgrade Need Study

Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study of Service Area

Treatment Plants' Future Needs Study

GRANTS SECURED - $3,133,295
0% Loan - $1,227,881
Ultra Violet Disinfection
Ada Treatment Plant
Emergency Generator at Ada
Aeration Blowers
Ada Treatment Plant
Utility Overview
Future Projects through 2021
Ada Treatment Plant was awarded the West Virginia Plant of the Year Award from
WVDEP in 2013
Upgrade four main pump stations and remove two other stations from system
Purchase new billing and payment collection software and roll out paperless customer web portal
Continue GIS mapping and develop customer map for reporting issues
Future Projects through 2021
WV Collection System Improvements
College Avenue (main line repairs)
Union Street (line replacement)
Midway Area (line replacement)
Oakhurst Street (line repairs)
Frederick Street (line repairs)
Who checks the compliance and issues permits to the Sanitary Board of Bluefield?
Department of Environmental Protection
(West Virginia)

Department of Environmental Quality (Virginia)
What does the current system look like?
300 miles of gravity and pressurized sewer lines
3,000 manholes
18 pumping stations
Pipes range in sizes from 2 inches to 48 inches
Questions and Answers
Who is on the Bluefield Stormwater Board?
A three member board is made up of two appointees from the Board of Directors and the mayor or city manager serve as chair of the board

What does the city own and what is it responsible for?
Basins, piping, box culverts, ditches, etc. are owned by the city. The city is responsible for: permit compliance, program management, enforcement and development and implementation of a Storm Water Management Plan
20,000 residents served in:
- Bluefield, West Virginia
- Bluefield, Virginia
- Brushfork, West Virginia
- Portions of Tazewell and Mercer Counties
Westside Treatment Plant
Parsley Street, Bluefield, Virginia
Rated flow of 8.1 million gallons per day
Ada Treatment Plant
Ingleside Road Bluefield, West Virginia
Rated flow of 1.2 million gallons per day
Two Waste Water Treatment Plants
Automated Pump Controls
Westside Treatment Plant
Pumping Station Upgrade
Westside Treatment Plant
Oxygen Meters
Westside Treatment Plant
While it is not an exciting or "sexy" part of local government, it is a critical component of life in a modern city
Find more here:

How it works in West Virginia...
EPA delegated program regulatory responsibility to the states. In West Virginia, this is the Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP).

The first permit was granted in 2003 with a five year permit cycle being implemented. An inspection was completed in 2008, with the renewal delayed until 2009. The most recent permit cycle was completed in 2014 and will expire August 11, 2019.

Inspections were performed by WVDEP in September 2011 and in July 2015. In the 2015 inspections, a Statement of Commendation for Operations was presented.

WVDEP recommends the use of the Sanitary Boards to aid in program management and compliance. This is why the two agencies work in concert with one another.
How is it paid for?
The City of Bluefield established the Bluefield Stormwater Board as an independent accounting/management mechanism to insure compliance with permit requirements stipulating collected fees are to be used solely for the Storm Water Management Program.
Program Overview
Storm water programs are mandated, yet unfunded by the federal government
Environmental Protection Agency through
the Federal Clean Water Act established:
- 1990 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Storm Storm Water Permit Program Phase I for populations greater than 100,000
- 1999 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Storm Water Permit Program Phase II for populations greater than 10,000 (this hit Bluefield, West Virginia)
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)
Future Projects through 2021
Ada Plant Improvements
Remote monitoring systems installed
New pumps, controls, and drives
Various piping replaced
VA Collection System Improvements
Ridgeway Drive (line replacement)
Pine Hill Park (line repairs)
Wintercreek Drive (line replacement)
Westside Plant Upgrades
Install UV treatment, grit removal and screening systems
Replace large pumps and drives with energy efficient models
Add new emergency generators
Add two additional fan press for higher sludge producing capacities
Install new security gate controls and CCTV system for property
Add aerobic digester to allow production of a Class A Bio-Solid
Future Projects through 2021
Equipment Improvements
New camera sewer line inspection unit
New sewer flushing truck
New dumptruck
Two new utility trucks
Monthly Fees (amended 2005)
Flat rate fee structure
Residential - $1.95
Commercial - $3.95 for first 2,000 sq.ft.

Land based fee structure
Commercial - $1.43 for each 1,000 sq.ft. above first 2000 sq.ft.

Budget generated from fees:

*average of prior six years
Storm Water Drain (Before)
Vactor Truck that flushes and cleans drains, basins, and lines
Storm Water Drain (After)
Mintwood Detention Structure
Street Sweeper
Storm water van with camera system to inspect lines
BSB at Work
Vehicle operators (2)
Field workers (2)
Part-time manager
Part-time intern
Operating Vehicles
Camera van to video and inspect pipes and culverts
Vactor truck to flush and clean lines and basins
Ravo sweeper to clean debris from streets
BSB owns...
Over 2,220 collection structures including basins, curb inlets, and road grates
80-120 miles of storm water piping or culvert
20 to 30 miles of ditch line
Two city-owned and managed storm water detention structures
BSB at Work
Vactor truck flushes and cleans approximately 2,500 feet of storm water conduits and approximately 240 inlet structures each year
Street sweeper cleans approximately 8,200 miles of street since it was introduced in 2011
Street sweeper has removed approximately 2,000 tons of debris from streets since 2014
BSB Completed Projects
All streets swept at least once since March 2015
Approximately 180 basin rehabilitations since 2014
22'x180' of permeable concrete implementation
Over 2,000 linear feet of pipe replaced
Physical inspection of over 2,200 collection structures
Much of the infrastructure was installed in the 1920s to 1950s and is beginning to approach 100 years of age with 60% of the system in fair to poor condition and capacities are not optimal in many areas of concentrated flow
Future Projects
Union Street box culvert rehabilitation
Wayne Street main repair/replacement
Bluefield Avenue line rehabilitation
Rain Gardens installed on Cherry Street and Edgewood
Edgewood and Heatherwood extension of infrastructure
Clean and repair detention ponds on Mintwood Street and Stadium Drive
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