SWIFT Research Center Suspends Aquifer Replenishment for Warranty Repair and Maintenance Activities



SUFFOLK, VA – HRSD has temporarily suspended aquifer replenishment activities at the SWIFT (Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow) Research Center to allow for warranty repairs needed on components of the advanced water treatment equipment used to process SWIFT Water (water treated to meet drinking water quality standards). Facility tours of the SWIFT Research Center will also be postponed through January while repairs are made.

SWIFT is an innovative water treatment project in eastern Virginia designed to further protect the region's environment, enhance the sustainability of the region's long-term groundwater supply and help address environmental pressures such as Chesapeake Bay restoration, sea level rise and saltwater intrusion.

The SWIFT Research Center, located on the grounds of HRSD's Nansemond Treatment Plant in Suffolk, VA, began operations on May 15, 2018 as a learning facility that will inform the design and development of future full-scale SWIFT facilities for aquifer replenishment. To date, the SWIFT Research Center has successfully recharged the Potomac aquifer with over 90 million gallons of SWIFT Water and has provided significant data to support full-scale SWIFT facility planning.

HRSD's mission is to protect public health and the waters of Hampton Roads by treating wastewater effectively. A political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, HRSD was created by public referendum in 1940 and currently serves 18 cities and counties in southeast Virginia - an area with a population of 1.7 million.

HRSD Vision: Future Generations will inherit clean waterways and be able to keep them clean.

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