Historically, individual WV/NPDES Water Pollution Control Permits have been issued to water treatment plants. The purpose of this general permit is to establish a simpler and more efficient procedure for water treatment plants to gain permit coverage for their wastewater treatment systems.
The Division of Water and Waste Management has issued a General Permit, WV0115754, to regulate water treatment plant's wastewater treatment systems. Any owner/operator of a water treatment plant wastewater disposal system in the State will be regulated under the terms of the General Permit. The Director has the authority to require any owner/operator to apply for and obtain and individual permit. This authority will be exercised when the Director determines that the receiving water will be better protected by such a permit.
The universe of existing facilities that are eligible for coverage under this general permit numbers approximately one hundred twenty. Proposed treatment facilities are also eligible for coverage under the General Permit; however, each proposed facility must meet the public notice and public comment requirements. Those facilities to be regulated under the terms of the General Permit will be required to provide adequate treatment technologies and to achieve compliance with the limitation category requirements assigned. The current General Permit for Water Treatment Plants was issued on July 19, 2023, effective August 18, 2023, expires July 18, 2028.
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499 x43767