HRSD Earns 2020 Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Science from the Water Research Foundation



HAMPTON – HRSD was honored by the Water Research Foundation (WRF) this week, receiving the 2020 Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Science. WRF annually honors subscribing utilities that have made notable improvements to their treatment, delivery, and/or management processes through the successful application of WRF research in the following areas:

  • Improvements that benefit customers and/or the public
  • Improvements that result in cost savings and more affordable water
  • Improvements that benefit the environment and/or sustainable development
  • Improvements that result in energy savings or recovery and/or resource recovery
  • Improvements that successfully implement progressive communication strategies
  • Improvements that successfully implement progressive management strategies
  • Improvements that successfully included organizational collaboration and/or interdisciplinary cooperation

“This is an important award for us. We have been heavily involved in WRF’s research over the years because we value the work that the Foundation is doing. This award acknowledges that we have been an important contributor to research benefiting the water sector,” said Dr. Charles Bott, Director of Water Technology and Research at HRSD.

As the regional provider of wastewater treatment for 18 cities and counties in southeast Virginia, operating 13 treatment plants with a combined capacity of 249 million gallons per day, HRSD is recognized as a leader in the industry. SWIFT (the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow), HRSD's newest water treatment innovation, is designed to further protect the region’s environment and enhance the sustainability of the region’s groundwater.

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 VisionFuture Generations will inherit clean waterways and be able to keep them clean.



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