Overview

Department Summary

The Utilities/Public Works Department is a self-supporting enterprise fund, meaning the financial requirements of the department are met through user fees, connection fees, payments from outside entities and other self-generated revenues, rather than local tax revenue.  On January 27, 2009, the Board of Supervisors approved the reorganization of several General Services divisions.  Refuse Collection, Refuse Disposal, Recycling/Litter Control and Composting now fall under the supervision of the Utilities Director.  Funding for these functions remains in the General Fund (except for Composting, which has always been funded by the Utilities Fund). The department operates nine separate divisions to accommodate the water, sewer and solid waste needs of the County.  Each division is under the direction of a Division Director.

Administration Division
Kimberly Treakle, Director

This division based at the Hudgins Road office carries out all administrative tasks.  Functions include Customer Service, oversight of all departmental activities, capital projects management, environmental management system implementation, a safety program, regulatory compliance, records and reporting, engineering, clerical, and file storage.

This division is also responsible for meter reading, placing meters for new connections, meter maintenance, handling customer questions and complaints, and account maintenance for more than 29,000 water and/or wastewater accounts.

Waste Resources Division
Ben Loveday, Director

Funding for the Waste Resources division is budgeted in the General Fund.  This division consists of three main areas of operation including:

Refuse Collection  provides collection and hauling of refuse, sludge, and recyclables from the County's 13 convenience sites, schools, and waste water plants; performs maintenance on refuse and recycling vehicles and equipment; and manages the County wood-waste reduction program.

Refuse Disposal  operates the County's only sanitary landfill in an efficient manner, and ensures that it meets and complies with all County, State and Federal guidelines and regulations; maintains the County's four closed landfills in regard to post-closure care/maintenance, groundwater monitoring, and methane gas monitoring. 

Environmental Programs  provides residents the opportunity and means to protect and enhance their natural environment.  Responsible for educating and encouraging residents to conserve natural resources and divert waste by implementing the following guidelines: source reduction, recycling, pollution control and energy/water conservation.  Educates the public in areas of source reduction, recycling, pollution control and energy/water conservation.  In addition this program coordinates and manages the County's road side litter collection program.

Wastewater Treatment Division
Doug Crooks, Director

The Wastewater Treatment division is funded through the Utilities Enterprise Fund.  This division includes operation of the County’s three wastewater treatment facilities, three wastewater facilities for the Spotsylvania County School Board, and composting operations:

Composting  Composting operations provide an economically feasible outlet for disposal of biosolids generated within the County and to produce a Class A product that is easily marketable in the region, providing an additional revenue source.  The composting operation, located at the Livingston Landfill, is used to stabilize the biosolids transported from the Massaponax WWTP (9.4 MGD) and the FMC WTP (4MGD).   In addition, the operation composts biosolids for the City of Fredericksburg WWTP.  Upon completion of the current compost expansion project, all biosolids generated at the County WWTP's will be stabilized thru the composting process resulting in an increased revenue stream. The composting operation is incorporated into our County-wide wood-mulching program where mulch is mixed with the biosolids and placed in aerated static piles.

Massaponax Wastewater Treatment Plant  The wastewater division operates and maintains the County’s expanded and upgraded 9.4 million gallons per day (MGD) Wastewater Treatment Plant.  This facility is a state-of-the-art biological nutrient removal facility.  The plant is staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. The plant is currently under expansion to 9.4 MGD.

FMC Wastewater Treatment Plant – The wastewater division operates and maintains the County’s 4 MGD Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The plant is staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.  Of the 4 MGD capacity, the City of Fredericksburg has a 1.5 MGD reserve.  Operations costs are allocated to the City based upon the City’s proportion of sewage flow to the facility.  This division also operates and maintains three wastewater facilities for the Spotsylvania County School Board (John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center, Berkeley Elementary, and Spotsylvania High School).  These facility costs are billed directly to the School Board.

Thornburg Wastewater Treatment Plant  the wastewater division operates and maintains 345,000 gallons per day (GPD) Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The plant is staffed 12 hours each weekday and 10 hours each weekend day. 

Laboratory Services Division
Courtney Rhines, Director

The Laboratory Services Division is funded through the Utilities Enterprise Fund.

Spotsylvania County Laboratory Services is accredited by Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Service (DCLS) to perform laboratory analysis under the Virginia Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (VELAP) and the Federal and Virginia Safe Drinking Water Program (SDWP).

The division supplies laboratory support for the water, wastewater and field divisions.  The laboratory performs bacteriological and chemical analysis to ensure compliance with regulatory agencies and to help the operations staff make informed decisions in optimizing the water and wastewater treatment processes.  The laboratory also provides timely data to help optimize drinking water quality in the distribution system. In addition, the division provides drinking water testing services to other municipalities in the area.  The laboratory is staffed 365 days a year.  

Water Production and Quality Division
Chris Edwards, Director

The Water Production and Quality Division is funded through the Utilities Enterprise Fund.

This division includes operation of the County’s two water treatment facilities and oversight  of the Water Demand Management Program:

Water Demand Management Program – The Water Demand Management Program was adopted by the Board of Supervisors to reduce water demand in order to extend the useful lives of existing and proposed water sources and to defer and minimize capital expenditures for water supply developments.  The Program consists of demand management, education, and plumbing retrofits.  Since the Board’s adoption, the program has been enhanced to include the sale of County bottled water.  Spotsylvania County’s bottled water serves as a tool for public outreach, while also promoting the County. The Program also includes future planning of water sources and water demand projections to determine the timing and placement of future capacity.  The Program also includes the operation of the County’s raw water sources and the optimization of the use of the County’s raw water resources.

Ni River Water Treatment Plant – The Water Production and Quality Division performs the overall operation and maintenance of the County’s two water treatment plants and for the Ni River Reservoir.  It is staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and requiring two persons per shift. 

Motts Run Water Treatment Plant – The Motts Run Water Treatment Plant is the larger of the two County water plants.  It supplies water to the County and to the City of Fredericksburg.  Divisional responsibilities extend to the operation and maintenance of two river intakes, full responsibility for the Hunting Run Reservoir, and water supply responsibilities for the Motts Run Reservoir.  The plant is staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and requiring two persons per shift.

Cross Connection and Backflow Prevention Program - The Water Production and Quality Division is responsible for administering the Cross Connection and Backflow Prevention Program.  In addition this division is responsible for the Pesticide Applicators Program and the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program.

Engineering and Construction Division
Brent Elam, Director

This division includes three main areas of operation:

 Engineering – The engineering staff reviews all plats and plans for projects. The group designs projects for system improvements in the distribution and collection systems. Staff provides engineering solutions for treatment plant expansions and operations. Engineering staff are also responsible for the development and planning of the Water/Sewer Master Plan to support the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

Line Locations – This group works directly with “Miss Utility”, a single source notification agency operating under government sanctions.  All owners of underground utilities (gas, water, sewer, electrical, phone, etc.) must respond when advised by Miss Utility in the area requested.  Upon notification, locators are given 48 hours to mark the location of the County’s buried facilities.

Construction and Capital Projects  The Water/Sewer Master Plan is used to plan for future infrastructure and capacity needs. The Capital Project construction group oversees the design and construction of new construction and rehabilitation projects. In addition to the Water/Sewer Master Plan the department has a five year CIP plan used to align funding for necessary capital projects. Utilities inspectors are also part of the construction and Capital projects group.

Field Services Division
Larry Brewer, Director

This division operates and maintains the County’s water and sewage transmission system:

Water and Sewer Transmissions – The system consists of more than 900 miles of water and sewer mains, laterals, and appurtenances.  Activities include: installing water and sewer connections; emergency and routine repairs to water/sewer pipes, mains, and manholes; setting of water meters, water valves, and fire hydrants; and maintenance of flow meters and control valves.

Pump Station Maintenance – The division maintains 56 sewage pump stations.  Work includes preventative maintenance, station monitoring, and repairs.  They are also responsible for monitoring and maintaining the Odor Control Program for the department.

Infiltration and Inflow (I&I) – Field Services division maintains the I&I Abatement Program.  The staff identifies and corrects defects and other conditions that allow extraneous water to enter the sewerage system.  Procedures include inspecting sewer lines via closed-circuit TV, cleaning lines, inspecting and repairing manholes, repairing cracked/broken lines, maintaining flow, responding to sewer blockages and sewage overflows and backups, and maintaining easements.

Garage Operations – This division provides routine, preventative, and breakdown maintenance for Utilities vehicles and equipment, as well as, handles all shipping and receiving needs for Utilities Administration.   

Capital Construction Division
Scott Powell, Director

The Capital Construction division coordinates with various state and federal agencies on Capital Improvement projects as they relate to transportation in Spotsylvania County.  The purpose of the Capital Construction Division is to improve the citizens’ safety and quality of life; while ensuring the projects are completed in a timely and cost effective manner.

Facilities Management Division
Jesse Beavon, Director

Funding for the Facilities Management division is budgeted in the General Fund.  Facilities Management is a primary support department for all County departments, providing oversight of vertical capital construction projects; maintenance, repair and renovations of 122 facilities; grounds maintenance and facility landscaping; County-wide street signage; as well as, maintenance of Spotsylvania Industrial Park railroad tracks. Facilities Management endeavors to provide the services listed above in the most cost-effective and professional manner possible by efficiently employing the staff and resources available. 

 Water and Sewer provided by the County

Statistics as of September, 2015

 


Water
Rated Plant capacity (2 plants) 21.0 million gallons per day (mgd)
Average daily plant production 9.54 mgd
Water storage 6.85 million gallons
Reservoirs 3 Ni, Hunting Run and Motts Run
Customers 29,658  
Sewer
Plant capacity (3 plants) 13.7 mgd
Average effluent flows 8.5 mgd
Pumping stations 51  
Customers 28,338  

Source:  Spotsylvania County Utilities/Public Works Department

Additional Links

Contact Information

Main: (540) 507-7300, 8:00am - 4:30pm 
Customer Service: (540) 507-7300, option 1, 8:00am - 4:30pm 
After-Hours Emergency: (540) 507-7350 
Fax: (540) 898-3674
E-Mail: utilities@spotsylvania.va.us
For account or billing questions, contact customer service: CustomerService@spotsylvania.va.us

Utilities/Public Works Administration Office:
600 Hudgins Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Directions: 
I-95 to Spotsylvania Exit #126.  Merge or turn left onto Route 1 North (Jefferson Davis Highway).  Drive approximately two (2) miles on Route 1.  Turn left at stoplight onto Route 661 (Hudgins Road).  Drive 0.4 miles and the road will end at the Utilities department.

Utilities/Public Works Mailing Address:  
600 Hudgins Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Utility Account Payment Address:
Payments can only be made with the Treasurer's Office.  (The Utilities/Public Works Administration offices cannot accept payments.)
In person:
Richard E. Holbert Bldg. (First Floor)
9104 Courthouse Rd
Spotsylvania, VA  22553

Utility Account Payment Mailing Address:
Spotsylvania County Treasurer
PO Box 9000
Spotsylvania, VA  22553

Department Head: Benjamin L. Loveday, P.E., Deputy Director

Business Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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