HRSD's Water Quality Monitoring Shows Previous Spill is not Impacting Downstream Waterways



CHESAPEAKE HRSD’s water quality monitoring downstream of the stormwater retention basin near Kempsville Road and Stillwater Drive confirms that the spill that occurred on October 4th is not impacting downstream waterways. However, as a general water recreation guideline, residents should be aware that in any urban river, recreational contact should be avoided for 72 hours after a heavy rain. Water from heavy rains can wash over land and into nearby waterways. That rainwater can carry multiple sources of bacteria such as wildlife and pet waste. Elevated levels of bacteria are highly likely after storms.

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.


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