Wheeling Water Department is a municipally owned water utility. In accordance with West Virginia Public Service Commission regulations, the City of Wheeling operates the Water Utility as an enterprise fund. As such, the utility is financially independent from the City of Wheeling. The organizational structure includes the City Manager as the chief executive officer and the City Council serves as the board of directors of the utility. The Director of Public Works serves as a liaison between the water department and the city administration.
The department consists of three divisions which are organized under the Water Superintendent. Serving in this capacity is Dave Nickerson.