Elkins was first chartered as a city in 1889. As in most cities this old, the storm-water and sewer infrastructure in many parts of Elkins is combined, meaning that storm drains are connected to the same system that carries sewage to the treatment plant. Because of this, severe rain events can generate too much water for the system to contain, causing “overflow events” into the Tygart Valley River.
Under a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Elkins must complete a two-phase project to reduce the occurrence of overflow events and otherwise rehabilitate portions of its sewer system.
- Phase 1, which began in June 2015, will affect Barron Avenue, Kerens Avenue, College Street, and Wilson Street.
- Phase 2, which will not begin until after design completion in 2019, will affect Lavalette Avenue, and Elm Street.
Watch the city’s News Blog for project updates.
For more information, contact:
Melody Himes, Operations Assistant
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241