Welcome. Since its inception in 1940, HRSD has served the region with one mission -- to protect public health and the waters of Hampton Roads by treating wastewater effectively. We return highly treated effluent to nature in a way that continues to nurture our water's delicate ecosystems. HRSD's workforce of scientists, engineers, water quality professionals and other staff diligently work together to fulfill the HRSD vision that our communities will have clean waterways and reliable water resources for generations to come.

SWIFT (the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow) is HRSD's newest water treatment innovation. SWIFT takes highly treated water that would otherwise be discharged into the Elizabeth, James or York rivers and puts it through additional rounds of advanced water treatment to meet drinking water quality standards. SWIFT Water will be used to replenish the Potomac Aquifer, the primary source of groundwater for the region. The SWIFT Research Center in Suffolk is now open and replenishing the Potomac Aquifer with one million gallons of SWIFT Water daily. To learn about the many environmental benefits of SWIFT, please visit SWIFTVA.com.

Fast Facts

  • Year Created: 1940
  • Type of Agency: Political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Service Area: 20 counties and cities
  • Population Served: 1.9 million
  • Governing Body: Governor-appointed commission
  • Collection System: More than 500 miles of pipes, 6-60 inches in diameter
  • Pump Stations: more than 100
  • Treatment Plants: 8 major plants and 6 smaller plants in eastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
  • Combined Capacity: 225 million gallons per day 

Service Area

HRSD provides service to 20 cities and counties of southeast Virginia and the Eastern Shore, an area of nearly 5,000 square miles with a population of more than 1.9 million. We operate eight major treatment plants and eight smaller plants with a combined treatment capacity of 225 million gallons per day.

Please visit the Treatment Plant Service Locator to find the treatment plant that serves your home or business.