The Water Resources Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all facilities associated with providing water and wastewater service to all of the City of Martinsville water and some adjacent areas in Henry County. Facilities include treatment plants, reservoir, finished water storage tanks, water distribution system and wastewater collection system. The Department also issues required annual reports on water quality.
The Director of Water Resources is Mike Kahle. His office (276-403-5157) is in Room 222 on the second floor of the Martinsville Administration Building located at 55 West Church Street.
The Beaver Creek Reservoir, with a 1.3 billion gallon capacity, is the primary water supply source for the City of Martinsville. The facility is located approximately two miles north of the City near Patrick Henry Community College. The 175-acre lake also provides a recreational area for activities such as picnicking, fishing and boating. A Lake Warden (276-656-5179) maintains security and regulates recreational functions.
Beginning 8/17/2020, public access to the reservoir will be restricted as follows: Closed Monday-Thursday. Open to the public Friday - Sunday, for fishing, and canoe/kayak rentals. These restrictions are due to the spillway repair project currently underway, and will remain in effect until further notice. The city is initiating these restrictions in the interest of public safety, as well as the safety of the employees of Haymes Brothers Construction, and their subcontractors. Periodic updates regarding the status of these repairs will be made available via the city's Facebook page.
Supplemental water sources, as needed, are provided by pump stations located on Leatherwood Creek near Laurel Park High School and on Little Beaver Creek, just north of the corporate limits.
Water Treatment Plant
Raw water is settled, filtered & disinfected at the City's 7.5 MGD Water Treatment Plant located on Clearview Drive within the City. One supervisor, five operators and a mechanic, plus a laboratory technician shared with the wastewater plant, maintain continuous plant operations.
Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Wastewater Treatment Plant is an 8.0 MGD extended aeration activated sludge facility located on the Smith River, just south of the City. One supervisor, eight operators, a shared lab technician, an industrial coordinator, and one solids handling supervisor staff this facility, with maintenance provided by a supervisor, three mechanics and an instrumentation technician who also assist at the water treatment plant, pump stations and tank sites as needed.
Line Maintenance and Construction
A total of thirteen employees consisting of a right of way crew, a line maintenance crew and an inflow reduction crew work out of the City's garage complex under a general supervisor. They perform planned and emergency maintenance on raw water mains that convey water to the treatment plant, approximately 120 miles of finished water distribution mains and approximately 7,500 metered service connections, plus 140 miles of sewer collector and interceptor lines.
Construction work involves mainly service connections and minor extension projects. A rotating on-call crew is available (276-403-5138) at all times to promptly respond to emergencies.