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Pitman Creek Plant

Wastewater Department

The Wastewater Department is commonly referred to as the sewer department in most cities but over the past several years the City of Somerset has put great effort into improving the water run offs in many areas of the city.




The City of Somerset is served by two wastewater treatment facilities: the Otis B. Chaney Wastewater treatment plant (Pitman Creek WWTP) and the Sinking Creek WWTP. The Sinking Creek WWTP was originally constructed in 1941 and subsequently upgraded in 1964 and 1979. All flow from the Sinking Creek WWTP is pumped to the Chaney WWTP for final treatment. The 1996 upgrade of the treatment facilities was activated by the need to meet the requirements established in the KPDES permit of Preventing any bypasses or overflows. After an extensive pilot study was completed, it was determined that a facultative lagoon would provide the best method of treatment and equalization and was constructed in 1998. An additional benefit of this lagoon, toxicity may be reduced at the Sinking Creek plant thus improving the Chaney WWTP to meet bio monitoring requirements. Also as part of this project, a new screening structure was installed as well as a septage receiving station. The WWTP includes the following processes: screening, influent pumping, facultative lagoon, primary clarification, activated sludge, secondary clarification, flow monitoring, sludge thickening, aerobic and anaerobic digesters and drying beds

Dana Whitis
Water and Wastewater Manager

Office: (606)425-5364
Cell: (606)875-8549

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Pitman Creek Crew


Darrell Sears Plant Supervisor (Sinking Creek Plant)

Tim Anderson Plant Supervisor (Pitman Creek Plant)