The purpose of the Raw Water Intake Project is to ensure a safe, reliable and continuous supply of drinking water to meet the needs of our current customers and for generations to come. It includes construction of a new raw water tunnel and a new raw water pump station at the water treatment plant, eliminating of the use of existing pumps and transmission lines.
Our drinking water comes from the South Fork Holston River. The intake is located approximately two miles below the dam and upstream from industry. Water is pumped through raw water pumps and then flows through three transmission pipes to the water treatment plant for treatment.
The Water Treatment Plant is Kingsport’s only water treatment facility. It will remain the primary source of drinking water for the area for many years to come. Therefore, its continued reliable operation is both necessary and vital for protection of human health and continued growth and sustainability for this region.