City of Marion

Water Plant

The Water Treatment Plant Department consists of the Water and Wastewater Treatment Superintendent and 4.5 employees, and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City’s Water Treatment Plant and drinking water intake and storage facilities, and performs all requirement treatment processes and testing on drinking water as required by State and Federal law.

The City’s Water Treatment Plant was constructed in 1954 and can treat up to four million gallons per day (4 mgd). At present, 4,000,000 million gallons of finished water can be stored at the existing tanks on Summit Street, and 1,200,000 gallons can be stored in the clear wells located at the Water Plant.

Current water demand is about 1,500,000 gallons per day, meaning the City has about 3.5 days supply of finished water. The City water plant provides water to over 4,300 customers within the City and in areas outside the City.

The City’s obtains its drinking water supply from three creeks located west of the City:

  • Buck Creek 3 mgd
  • Mackey Creek 0.84 mgd
  • Clear Creek 0.41 mgd

Water from Buck Creek is pumped to the Water Plant for treatment, while water from Mackey Creek and Clear Creek flows by gravity to the Water Plant for treatment.

Each year, the Water Plant Department publishes, as required by law, a Consumer Confidence Report detailing the water treatment and testing program.

To view the most recent Consumer Confidence Report click here.

Contact

Larry Carver
Water and Wastewater Treatment Superintendent
lcarver@marionnc.org

Street Address
801 Old Greenlee Road
Marion, NC 28752

US Mail Address
P.O. Drawer 700
Marion, NC 28752-0700

Phone: (828) 652-2428
Fax: (828) 652-1983

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Wastewater Treatment

The Wastewater Treatment Department is composed of the Water and Wastewater Treatment Superintendent and eight employees, and is responsible for the treatment of wastewater prior to discharge to Corpening Creek. The department also maintains wastewater pump stations.

The City maintains the Corpening Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, located on NC 226 South in Marion. At present, the Corpening Creek Plant can treat up to 3,000,000 gallons per day (3 mgd). However, the Plant is currently operating at less than one-third of its permitted capacity, with an average daily flow of 900,000 gallons per day (0.9 mgd). The Plant provides wastewater treatment service within the City, and in some areas outside the City and has sufficient capacity to handle future industrial, commercial and residential growth.

In 2011, the City completed a $6.6 million Wastewater Improvements Project that involved repairs to wastewater lines to reduce inflow and infiltration of stormwater and surface water into watsewater lines, eliminated the City's Catawba River Wastewater Treatment Plant and pumped wastewater flow from that facility to the Corpening Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, and also involved upgrades to the Corpening Creek Plant to make that facility a true 3 million gallon per day wastewater plant capable of meeting all current and future State and Federal regulations.

As of May 27, 2010, the City of Marion no longer discharges treated wastewater into the Catawba River upstream of Lake James.

The Department maintains 22 wastewater pump stations, and performs all treatment operations, testing, and reports, as required by State and Federal law. The Department also schedules the cleaning of sewer lines on a regular basis, and makes needed repairs to sewer lines.

Contact

Larry Carver
Water and Wastewater Treatment Superintendent
lcarver@marionnc.org

Street Address
3982 Highway 226 South
Marion, NC 28752

US Mail Address
P.O. Drawer 700
Marion, NC 28752-0700

Phone: (828) 652-8843
Emergency: (828) 652-3231
Fax: (828) 652-1983

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday