The Town of Richlands serves our community by providing a safe environment and enhanced quality of life through maintenance and improvements to the public infrastructure. The Departments include Electrical, Streets, Water, Parks, Waste Management (garbage) and Wastewater Management (sewer). The town strives to provide professional services for a wide variety of infrastructure services to the public
The Town of Richlands owns and operates its own electricity distribution system. The Electric Department was established in 1922.
It purchases energy wholesale from American Municipal Power, a nonprofit leader in supplying wholesale power to municipalities.
Approximately 2,700 electric customers are served by the Town.
Streets & Roads
The duties of the Road Division include the maintenance, cleaning, clearing, snow plowing and rehabilitation of roadways within the town;
the maintenance and repair of storm sewer systems, drains and culverts that fall under town jurisdiction; and the installation and maintenance
of street markings and signs.
The Town of Richlands owns and operates the Richlands Regional Water Treatment Facility, which is a 2.5 million gallon per day (MGD) facility that utilizes conventional methods to treat and deliver potable water to the Town's distribution system. Partnering with the Town of Cedar Bluff and the Tazewell County Public Service Authority, the facility was constructed in 1994 and currently furnishes water to the Town of Cedar Bluff, the communities of Raven and Doran and other rural areas in the Northwestern district of Tazewell County. In addition, the facility provides potable water to some areas of Russell and Buchanan Counties through the distribution system of the Tazewell County Public Service Authority. Water distribution is accomplished through the use of booster pumping stations and storage tanks located throughout the service area.
The Town of Richlands owns and operates the Richlands Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, which is a 4.0 million gallon per day (MGD) facility
that utilizes advanced activated sludge, through a nitrification / de-nitrification process, to treat wastewater received from both the Town and the
Tazewell County Public Service Authority's sewage collection system. Partnering with the Town of Cedar Bluff and the Tazewell County Public Service
Authority, the facility was constructed in 1990 and currently serves the Town of Cedar Bluff and the communities of Raven, Doran and Banes Bottom.
Treated wastewater is discharged into the Clinch River while sludge is disposed of naturally.
Parks & Recreation
The Town of Richlands strives to provide the community with a wide variety of youth, adult and family activities that offer our citizens the opportunity
to use personal leisure time in a viable, productive and gratifying manner at various facilities that provide both active and passive atmospheres while
maintaining historical and environmental awareness.
The Town of Richlands provides sanitation services to the citizens. Responsible for the pick-up and removal of all house hold trash and certain large
items when scheduled and approved. Our employees work hard to provide good, reliable year round service, often under very difficult weather conditions.