VIRGINIA BEACH – The HRSD Commission has approved the Fiscal Year 2021 budget, holding wastewater rates at current levels through June 30, 2021. A planned nine percent regional wastewater rate increase that would have taken effect on July 1, 2020 was eliminated in consideration of the economic stresses created by the COVID-19 pandemic on ratepayers.
New and changing regulatory requirements, along with the need to renew and replace old and aging infrastructure throughout the region, have necessitated annual rate increases for more than a decade and in the future. However, HRSD will continue to meet high levels of service and regulatory compliance without increasing rates this year by reprioritizing planned investments, seeking relief from Federal and state regulatory schedules, taking advantage of historically low interest rates and the judicious use of district reserves previously set aside for unexpected needs.
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, treating more than 150 million gallons of wastewater daily.
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