Written by Lacie Wever, HRSD Community Education and Outreach Specialist Published on May 15, 2023
Happy Infrastructure Week!
HRSD was formed in the 1940s to address water quality concerns in Hampton Roads. As the regional wastewater agency, HRSD is responsible for conveying and treating about 150 million gallons of wastewater each day from 20 communities in Southeastern Virginia. We’re proud to be part of Infrastructure Week 2023 to shine a light on the infrastructure we too often take for granted, but every community needs to thrive.
What is infrastructure week?
Infrastructure Week is a week of education and events promoting the infrastructure we depend on to strengthen the quality of life and improve people’s health. Infrastructure is the roads, rails, pipes, ports, power grid, airports, and water systems our country depends on.
To celebrate Infrastructure Week, HRSD is highlighting two projects to showcase how infrastructure works. #Infastructureworks is the theme of the week! You can follow us along on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
If you live, work or travel in Surry County, you might notice these metal valve boxes located along the grass shoulders of many roads. This is one of the only visible signs of a $45M project to extend sewer service to numerous areas in Surry County. The initial phase of this project has been completed and sewage is flowing from the Town of Surry ultimately to the Hampton Roads Treatment Plant in Suffolk. This project has allowed HRSD to close two sewage treatment plants and to provide sewer service to certain areas in Surry County. This is National Infrastructure Week and this 25 mile pipeline and multi-pump station project is a great example of how the investment in infrastructure can improve the lives of our citizens and the environment we all love.
If you travel along VA Route 13 on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, you might notice these markers located along the shoulder of the road. These buried pipe markers are located along the pipe route to indicate the location of the pipe and to locate valves in this system. These markers are also an indicator of progress and of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District $38M project to extend sewer service to numerous areas in Accomack and Northampton Counties. The project will be completed later this year and will direct flow to the existing sewer treatment plant in Onancock. This project will allow the closing of several sewer treatment plants and to provide sewer service to numerous areas on the Eastern Shore. This is National Infrastructure Week and this 24 mile pipeline and multi-pump station project is another example of how the investment in infrastructure can make a difference in the lives of our citizens.
The infrastructure we build or replace improves the lives of local citizens, provides job opportunities, and acts as a catalyst to purchase equipment, materials and services here in Hampton Roads. Join the conversation at #infrastrucureworks and look for in-person events and virtual events at unitedforinfastructure.org.