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2020 News Releases



Watcher in the wastewater | July 28, 2020 | Nature
Permit approved for Hardy pump station | July 28, 2020 | Smithfield Times
HRSD pump station online | July 29, 2020 | Gloucester-Mathews-Gazette Journal
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore announces Hunger Heroes winners | July 31, 2020 |
Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s $1 billion aquifer program lines up financing | July 9, 2020 | Daily Press
Wastewater pump station may be built in Taber Park | June 3, 2020 | Southside Sentinel
Virginia Supreme Court to hear environmental law case on fisheries | May 27, 2020 | Ballotpedia News
Local foundation renames scholarship in honor of Virginia Beach mass shooting victim | May 28, 2020 | WTKR
Oystermen taking City of Suffolk to Supreme Court of Virginia over alleged pollution in Nansemond River | May 20, 2020 | WAVY TV
State Supreme Court agrees to hear local oyster case | May 20, 2020 | Suffolk News-Herald
HRSD cancels planned rate hike | May 4, 2020 |
HRSD to keep rates at current levels | May 6, 2020 | Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal
Virginia to get decontamination systems that can sterilize 80,000 masks a day | May 2, 2020 | Daily Press
Newport News one of three Virginia cities to receive decontamination systems that sterilize PPE for reuse |  May 2, 2020 |
Newport News to receive a critical decontamination system from FEMA | May 2, 2020 | (similar story also aired on NBC affiliate )
Toilet wipes clogging system at Hampton Roads treatment facility | 13NewsNow, April 9, 2020
50 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day During Social Distancing |, April 9, 2020
Advice on what to flush from the Hampton Roads Sanitation District on Coast Live | WTKR TV, March 30, 2020
Xylem Provides Pumping & Control Equipment to Reduce Force Main Pressure | Water & Wastes Digest, March 30, 2020
HRSD to build main sewer line regardless of what county does | Southside Sentinel, March 26, 2020
Hampton Roads officials warn people to flush only toiler paper | Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 23, 2020
Out of toilet paper during the coronavirus pandemic? Don’t flush anything else you might use | Daily Press, March 22, 2020
Plant Profile: HRSD Nansemond Treatment Plant | Water & Wastes Digest, February 25, 2020
Capital Improvement Plan approved; sewer top priority | Southside Sentinel, February 14, 2020
HRSD proposes building waterfront trail in Newport News’ City Farm as part of plant expansion project | Daily Press, January 29, 2020
Public hearing on $37 million Capital Improvement Plan set | Southside Sentinel, January 15, 2020
Business News: Greasezilla FOG Separation Technology Selected for Treatment Plant | Water & Wastewater Digest, January 10, 2020
Scientists are designing accelerators that one day could help clean the environment | StarTribune, January 10, 2020
Is Sewer Our Top Priority? (Letter to Editor) | Eastern Shore Post, January 9, 2020
Exmore Sewer Choice Could Also Affect Water Supply | Eastern Shore Post, January 9, 2020
Study: How US sewage plants can remove medicines from wastewater |, January 8, 2020
Hampton Roads Sanitation District hosts open house for sustainable initiative potential expansion in Newport News’ River Farm Park | Daily Press, January 6, 2020




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Primary Media Contact:
Leila Rice, APR
Director of Communications

Phone: 757.460.7056
Cell: 757.642.1321 (after hours and emergencies)