Water Treatment

Jim Connolly, Superintendent

The city of Rocky Mount operates two (2) Water Treatment Facilities, (Sunset and Tar River Water Treatment Plants).  The Water Treatment Division is responsible for the production of high quality potable water to the city's domestic and industrial customers. The combined permitted capacity of the Plants are 30 million gallons per day (MGD) with a rated capacity of 26 MGD.  Average daily demand is 10 MGD.  Both plants serve approximately 80,000 customers The Sunset Water Plant is located across from the City Lake on Sunset Avenue and the Tar River Plant is located west of the city on Leaston Rd.

Water & Sewer

Nate Williams, Superintendent

The Water and Sewer Division is responsible for the supervision and maintenance of approximately 504 miles of water distribution and 425 miles of sanitary sewer collection system mains. The water distribution system consists of seven (7) elevated water storage tanks and four (4) ground tanks with a total storage capacity of 10,000,000 gallons. The sanitary sewer collection system consists of 5,500 manholes and 36 sewer lift stations. The Water and Sewer Division is also responsible for the metering system and in conjunction with the Technical Services Division, conducts daily surveillance to ensure compliance with the city's sewer use ordinance and the Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG) program.


James Costello, Superintendent

The city of Rocky Mount operates a Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Wastewater Treatment Plant with a rated capacity of 21 million gallons per day. The plant operates 24 hours/365 days per year and treats on average, 10-11 million gallons of domestic and industrial wastewater per day. The combined waste stream includes city of Rocky Mount's domestic and industrial customers, resale customers, which includes Nash and Edgecombe Counties, and four (4) surrounding municipalities. The Wastewater Plant also accepts wastewater from septic haulers whose service areas include six (6) counties. The treatment plant is located east of the city on Highway 97.

Water Quality Services

Amanda James, Superintendent

The Water Quality Services Division provides analytical data & evaluation, oversee compliance of all regulatory requirements, provide technical expertise and oversight of the treatment process of both the Water and Wastewater Plants and supports the Water & Sewer division's collection and distribution systems, all in an effort to ensure water quality to customers. Also, under their oversight is the monitoring and compliance evaluation of nine (9) Sanitary Sewer Significant Industrial User Customers and perpetual inspection responsibilities of wholesale municipal and county customers. The monitoring of Food Service Establishments (FSEs) primarily to prevent the discharge of Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) into the collection system is another essential function of the division.