HRSD is making waves in the water industry through innovation and research to ensure future generations will inherit clean waterways and be able to keep them clean. Our blog is written by HRSD employees to provide suggestions, information and inspiration about all things environmental! From sustainable living guides to water saving tips, we’ve got you covered. Welcome to Making Waves!

 

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How to Celebrate Water on Earth Day!
Photo of Earth and Water Splashing

My almost two-year-old son is a HUGE fan of water. In fact, it is difficult for me to do dishes without him insisting to “help dishes.” By “help dishes” he means splash in water while I do all the work. Seeing him happily enjoy playing with water gave me the idea to incorporate water appreciation this Earth Day!

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Celebrate Engineers Week with HRSD!
Engineers Week Official Flyer

What is an engineer? What do engineers do? 

Engineers create, dream, and invent; they also solve problems every day. The work we do at HRSD heavily depends on the creativity and practical solutions of our engineers. 

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Celebrating Black History Month through men and women in STEM
Black History Month

STEM is important to us at HRSD. Without Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, we would be unable to protect public health and the waters of Hampton Roads.

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HRSD continues outreach and education through virtual experiences
Virtual Student Learning

The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused dramatic changes for everyone in the last year.

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What is like to be a P3 Technician at HRSD? Interviews with employees from our Water Quality Department!
Water Sample

Water is life. We need clean water for everything we do in our daily lives. Experts say humans could not live more than four days without water! In addition, access to clean water and sanitation is essential to our public health, especially during our current COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Why use cloth diapers?
Babies in cloth diapers

Why Cloth Diapers? 

When you think of cloth diapers, what comes to mind? Old sheets, clothes pins, poop explosions? These are all valid associations with cloth diapers, only they’re not exactly relevant anymore. 

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The Best Ways to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Clean
Food In Sink

I recently watched a YouTube video where the homeowner placed her leftover food down the garbage disposal before proceeding to clean the rest of her kitchen. I cringed as I scrolled down to the comments section as eager viewers responded with words of affirmation like “I do this too!” 

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Which is better for the environment? A real Christmas tree or an artificial Christmas tree?
Christmas Tree Down

Which is better…real or artificial?

Let’s talk about the pros and cons of Christmas trees!

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Imagine A Day Without Wastewater Treatment
Imagine A Day Without Water Photo Collage

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 recognized Imagine A Day Without Water. 

If you consider yourself a resident of the 757, you already know Hampton Roads is a water-rich region. This means that we can often take for granted our access to clean water. We never have to question where our water comes from or where it goes when it is dirty.

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Work For Water as a TSD Technician
HRSD employees looking at water

The Hampton Roads Sanitation District employs over 800 environmentally minded people who serve almost 2 million residents in Hampton Roads. HRSD began in 1940 with one mission – to protect public health and the waters of Hampton Roads by treating wastewater effectively.

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Rebuilding Better Through Innovation: Providence Road Projects
Providence Road Done Capture

If you drive along I-64 near the Indian River Road interchange or along Providence Road, you may notice a lot of infrastructure projects under construction at the City of Virginia Beach’s Woodstock Park!

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HRSD’s Asset Management is getting SMART
IWeek Highlight Photo

HRSD’s mission is to protect public health and the waters of Hampton Roads by treating wastewater effectively.

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WANT TO WORK FOR WATER? Become a Pretreatment and Pollution Prevention Specialist (P3 Specialist)
Chesapeake Bay Image

​We know that when we flush the toilet, the waste doesn’t just go “away”. Instead, it comes to one of HRSD’s 16 treatment plants. HRSD cleans the dirty water that travels from the homes of over 1.7 million residents in Hampton Roads.

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WANT TO WORK FOR WATER? Become a TSD Specialist (Hydrologist)
HRSD VIP Treatment Plant

Do you enjoy learning about environmental science? Does learning something new at work every day interest you? Have you ever collected samples for lab testing or used lab results to draw conclusions? Would you like to incorporate chemistry, biology, geology, and/or geography into your job every day

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How To Make Eco-Friendly Cleaners at Home

Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to gear up for the annual deep clean. Often called Spring Cleaning, now is the time to declutter, organize and remove the accumulated dust and grime from your home.

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How to conserve water, even in the Summer
Canva - Summer Written in Sand

Imagine waking up on a hot summer day…the sun is shining, there is a light warm breeze, and if you’re in Virginia, when you walk outside, you are greeted by a wall of humidity that immediately breaks you out in a sweat.

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Help protect your local waterways! Stop littering COVID-19 PPE in storm drains and the wastewater system
Feminine Hygiene Products…Healthier Choices for You and the Environment
Women Comparing Box of Tampons - From Canva

Let’s talk about a subject that a lot of the population deals with but not a lot of people talk about: feminine hygiene products.  The subject is not talked about often, and that has contributed to the lack of knowledge being shared about the tremendous impact disp

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Why Recycling Right Matters More Than Recycling Everything
Recycling Symbol on Cell Phone - Canva

If you recycle, there is a thought that has probably crossed your mind: “I’m going to recycle as much as I can because recycling is helpful for the environment!” It is true that recycling is helpful for the environment, BUT (you knew there was a but coming, right?) just like in sports, ther

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Why FOG Should be Your First Focus
Clog Free Drain

Imagine waking up in the early morning and stepping out onto your back porch with a hot cup of coffee, steam rising lazily into the air. You stare into the distance, a dense fog lightly hanging over the trees. There is a peaceful and surreal quality about your surroundings.

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50 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day While Still Practicing Social Distancing
Earth Day Network 50th Year Earth Day

With the current pandemic, Earth Day will look much different than year’s past. Although there will not be any events, fairs, or rallies, we still have an opportunity to celebrate our Earth. April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

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