Clean Water


Our Watershed


Clean water in Oxford
A changing target
The global challenge
Why does it cost so much?

What is Stormwater?
You Can Reduce Pollution
Tar-Pam Stormwater Rules
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What is a watershed?
Tar-Pamlico River Basin
Fishing Creek

Historical solutions
System upgrades
Oxford's NEW PLANT
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Oxford's New Plant Goes Online!

Wastewater from Oxford flows into the new plant at last
On Monday,
September 11,
2006 —
plant operators opened the valves to Oxford's new wastewater treatment plant.

After $10 million in upgrades and new construction, the new plant is designed to treate3.5 million gallons of wastewater per day and to meet stringent new limits on pollutants in the effluent water that is released to Fishing Creek.

Looking at the new oxidation ditch
Mayor Al Woodlief and members of the Oxford Board of Commissioners look at wastewater flowing into the new oxidation ditch as the plant comes online.

Looking at the new clarifier
City Manager Tommy Marrow and other visitors stand on a platform in the middle of the plant's new clarifier.

Lights of the UV disinfection system
The new UV disinfection system uses light to kill disease causing organisms such as fecal coliform. No toxic chemicals are added to the water.

Clear water flows out of UV disinfetion system
The water coming out of the UV disinfection system is clear and looks clean, but it still goes through one more process to add oxygen before the effluent is released into Fishing Creek.

Wastewater from Oxford flows into the new plant at last
Plant Manger Dennis Wilson shows City Commissioners Chance Wilkinson and Bob Shope the new 'SCADA' system. Operators can monitor and control all the systems in the plant from this terminal.

After many years of struggle and hard work, Oxford has a state of the art wastewater treatment plant that uses the best available technology for secondary wastewater treatment.

Now we can finally say,

"We're Keeping it Clean Downstream!"

Teachers! Take a look at The Map as Art - our new lesson plan with resources to link stormwater and watershed education into the North Carolina 5th grade Science, Social Studies, Information Skills, and Visual Arts curricula.