WV wastewater overhaul to curb pollution, improve water quality in Chesapeake Bay

West Virginia is set to bring a new wastewater treatment plant online and make significant cuts to the pollution it sends into the Chesapeake Bay.

Jan. 8, 2013 -- After eleven years, $40 million and more than 16,000 linear feet of pipe, West Virginia is set to bring a new wastewater treatment plant online and make huge cuts to the pollution it sends into the Chesapeake Bay.

Under construction in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, the Moorefield Wastewater Treatment Plant will replace four existing plants with one new system, marking a significant milestone in the headwater state’s efforts to curb pollution and improve water quality. Expected to go into operation this fall, the plant will remove 90,000 pounds of nitrogen and 93,000 pounds of phosphorous from West Virginia wastewater each year.

Funded by a range of sources -- including the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- the new plant is heralded as evidence that thoughtful planning and forward-thinking -- especially where pollution regulations are concerned -- can help a community move toward conservation and environmental change.

This article was released by the Chesapeake Bay Program.

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