(Left to Right)
Front Row: Allan Younger, Harold E. Day, Yvonne H. Hines, L. Wesley Curtis, Jr.
Middle Row: Randall S. Tuttle, Tom Griffin, Donald R. Stewart, Chris Parker
Back Row: James Ruffin, Duane Long, Hugh W. Jernigan
The Utility Commission oversees Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities, which provides high quality water, wastewater and solid waste services to approximately 360,000 residential, business and industrial users in its service area through responsible use of resources, reliable delivery and stewardship of the environment. It operates one landfill for solid waste, another for construction and demolition debris, and two yard waste facilities. Three water treatment plants have a combined capacity of up to 91 million gallons a day, drawn from the Yadkin River and Salem Lake. In 2018, these plants treated and pumped a total of 13 billion gallons of water that met or exceeded all state and federal standards for drinking water quality. The water distribution system includes more than 2,300 miles of water distribution mains, 14 water tanks and seven pumping stations. The department also operates two wastewater treatment plants with a combined treatment capacity of up to 51 million gallons per day. The collection system includes nearly 1,800 miles of sewer lines, 49 lift stations and one chemical odor control station. The plants treated 12.6 billion gallons of wastewater in 2018. A workforce of nearly 380 employees operates and maintains WSFC Utilities, which is financed not via taxes, but through income from water and wastewater fees and landfill tipping fees.
The Utility Commission also finances its own capital improvements through fees and revenue bonds that are paid off with income from the water and sewer system. The Utility Commission does not have authority to issue bonds or debt without the approval of the City Council.
In addition to overseeing operations, the Utility Commission is also responsible for setting appropriate rates and extension policies. All operations are financed through a separate utility fund.
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