WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
The Town of Wilkesboro Waste Water Treatment Plant has been in operation since 1965. The facility’s construction was funded by a federal grant authorized by the Public Works Acceleration Act to help the Town of Wilkesboro furnish water and sewer services to its growing industries. Since then the plant has been expanded adding a certified laboratory and upgraded to the modern and efficient treatment facility it is today. The plant has a 4.9 million gallons per day capacity and utilizes an activated sludge process along with an ultraviolet disinfection system. The sludge that is produced is dewatered by a filter belt press and then disposed of in the Wilkes County Landfill. The most important objective for the Wastewater Plant’s State Certified Operators is to keep our outstanding compliance record.
We also take great pride in the park-like grounds (see photos below) where the Wastewater Plant resides. For one week each year the staff at the treatment facility teams with the Wilkesboro Fire Department to host a fund raising campground during the time of the Merlefest music festival. Proceeds from the campground help fund the Wilkesboro Fire Department’s retirement program. This week in April will bring 2,500 to 3,000 campers to the grounds adjacent to the Wastewater Plant. Most of the campers are return guests and have dubbed the campground “Sewerfest”. The stakes you can see in the photo to the left are a few of the RV electrical hookups and the photos below are some of the tent sites. There are two fully functional bath/shower houses with electric for use by campers along with many other amenities within the campground such as food and music.