Water Department


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Water Treatment Plant

Ripley's water system serves approximately 1,720 customers in the city limits and another 724 in Evans, and approximately 2,300 customers through Southern Jackson County Public Service District. Ripley's water plant is a class III surface water treatment facility and utilizes a state of the art membrane filtration system. The facility is regulated by the WV Public Service Commission and WV Bureau for Public Health. Ripley's water source is Mill Creek which is fed by two watersheds, Elk Fork Lake and O'Brien Lake. The distribution system consists of approximately 25 miles of waterlines ranging from 2' to 12". There are 7 water storage tanks totaling 1,800,000 gallons of storage which is enough to serve customers between 2 and 3 days should an emergency arise and water production be halted. Water pressure for Ripley residents can vary from 0 psi for customers at or above tank storage levels to 90 psi in the downtown area. Ripley also prides itself in fire protection maintaining 162 fire hydrants within the city limits and 59 in Evans. The City of Ripley Utility Board provides oversight for the Water Department.


Membrane Filters
Ripley's plant has 4 operators. In addition 3 other employees carry out the duties of reading meters, maintenance of meters and connection of new services as well as disconnections for others. Ripley has been in the water business for nearly 100 years, its first plant opening in the early 1900's. This facility is also one of the first plants to fluoridate its water which is known for promoting and maintaining strong teeth. If you have questions or concerns about your water quality, please contact the water plant at 372-5815. Any other questions such as new service or discontinuance of service can be directed to the Business Office at 304-372-3482.
The City's seven water storage tanks are continously monitored and are equipped with telephone alarm systems to call operators after hours in the event of a sudden change in water levels.  The treatment plant can produce up to two million gallons per day.

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