Beginning on March 8, 2021, The Thrasher Group and the Wythe County Wastewater Department will commence smoke testing of the sanitary sewer system in your area. Smoke testing is a cost-effective method to locate leaking sewers, lost manholes, and faulty sewer connections. With your cooperation, we can identify where runoff enters the sewer system and effect repairs. Our goal is to provide a safe, economical, efficient, and environmentally sound sewer system.

Testing hours will be from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Residents can expect to see some smoke coming out of their sewer roof vents during the test. If a residence has a faulty sewer connection, smoke might enter the house through the faulty connection. If this occurs, DO NOT BE ALARMED. The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining, and free of oil and colored particles. The smoke creates no fire hazard. Opening windows and doors will cause the smoke to dissipate. In the event that you should have direct contact with the smoke, you may experience some minor irritation of the respiratory passages. If people in your building have asthma, emphysema, or some other respiratory condition, please notify us so we can discuss your case in further detail. If traces of smoke or odors enter your building, it is an indication that sewer gases may also enter. Evidence of smoke in your house should be immediately reported to the Wythe County Wastewater Department, at the number listed below, and to your plumber. Location, identification, and correction of the source of smoke entering your house is strongly recommended. Correction of any defects in the pipes and sewer on private property is the responsibility of the owner. 

  • Smoke Testing of the entire system is expected to take approximately 4 to 6 weeks for the Fort Chiswell, Max Meadows and Grahams Forge areas. As such, we will not know exactly when we will be in a specific area, therefore we will have personnel going door to door to notify residents of the upcoming work the day of or the day prior to the work being performed. 
  • We would request you pour water down ALL drains in your home or buildings to ensure your J- bend sewer traps are full of water. Water typically evaporates from floor drains especially, so please check these as well if you have them. This will prevent smoke from entering the homes or business from the sanitary sewer side.

 If you have any questions, contact our representative Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 276-223-4501.

A joint meeting with the APEX Authority is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the County Office Building.

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The Wythe County Board of Supervisors is seeking Bids for construction services for a SEPTIC LEACH FIELD for Lead Mines Rescue Squad Building at 1057 Fort Chiswell Road, Max Meadows VA 24360. The new leach field will be attached to an existing septic tank.  The new leach field will require a distribution box and 6-42 feet trenches with chambers (see attached design by Southwest Soils). 

The Design can be examined by clicking HERE.

Sealed Bids will be received until 2:00 pm at the January 29, 2021 at 340 South 6th Street, Wytheville, VA 24382 at which time the bids will be opened and publicly read. 

Bids shall be marked “Lead Mines Rescue Squad Leach Field” and marked to the attention of Johnny Kincer. 

Wythe County encourages MBE/WBE type firms to submit proposals. 

The County of Wythe reserves the right to reject any or all Bids.

Notice is given that the Board of Supervisors of Wythe County, Virginia (the “Board”), will hold a public hearing on the proposed issuance of bonds, at one time or from time to time, by Wythe County. The estimated maximum amount of the bonds is $668,300 in the aggregate. The proposed use of the proceeds of such bonds is to pays costs of capital improvements to the County’s wastewater system in the Austinville area of the County. The public hearing, which may be continued or adjourned, and at which persons may appear and present their views on the proposed bond issue, will be held at 6:05 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, on January 26, 2021, before the Board in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, located at 340 South Sixth Street in Wytheville, Virginia.