Water Treatment Plant
Tony Kimberlin, Superintendent
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Address: P.O. Box 631
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Clifton Forge Water Treatment Plant (WTP)
Located in the heart of George Washington National Forest the Town of Clifton Forge water system delivers potable water to over 8,000 people. Smith Creek, a spring fed mountain stream with no upstream population, industry or agriculture serves as the water treatment plants raw water source. It’s pristine waters also offer excellent year round trout fishing both above and below the water plant.
Construction of the Clifton Forge WTP began in mid 1958 and the plant went online January 2nd 1960. Prior to 1960 operations were conducted from a small “shack” overlooking Smith Creek. Disinfection using chlorine gas was the sole treatment process and the water was piped directly to consumers in Clifton Forge and Alleghany County. Storage was limited to two storage tanks located at opposite ends of the Town.
The current plant is a conventional surface water plant designed to treat up to 3.0 million gallons per day. The plant’s safe yield is estimated to be 2.2 MGD with actual usage rarely exceeding 1.1 MGD. Therefore an abundant amount of water is available for growth and industry.
All homes, businesses and public buildings within Clifton Forge obtain potable water from our plant. Parts of Alleghany, Bath and Botetourt County are served by our water plant as well including the communities of Iron Gate, Selma, Low Moor, Cliftondale Park and Douthat State Park. The water treatment plant obtains its raw water from any of three separate intakes located on 3 separate inline reservoirs. Each reservoir has its own dam along with its own intakes allowing their use separately or in tandem.
The water plant currently utilizes both flash and rapid mix flocculation, sedimentation and filtration in our treatment process. Chemicals used include chlorine, PAC, sodium bicarbonate polymers and fluoride.
The Town’s distribution system employs miles of piping with varying diameters. Two separate pumping stations are currently in service along with six potable water tanks. This offsite storage offers over 1.5 million gallons of available water when filled to capacity.
The plant which was named Virginia Water System of the Year in 1999 is staffed by five full-time operators four of whom possess Class 1 Virginia State Water Licenses.