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2021 News Releases



Wastewater spills into street after major line break in Newport News | January 4, 2021 | WVEC
Line break spills wastewater into yards of some Newport News homes | January 4, 2021 | Daily Press
Major wastewater line break in Newport News; health department issues shellfish harvesting ban | January 4, 2021 | WAVY
Major sewer line breaks in Newport News; people warned not to walk, drive through water | January 4, 2021 | WNCN
Untreated wastewater diverted into James River from Newport News | January 6, 2021 | Daily Press
HRSD, HRUBS November & December bill due dates extended to end of January without penalty | January 6, 2021 | WTKR
HRSD: Utility payment due dates extended for November, December bills | January 6, 2021 | WVEC
HRSD leaders say to ignore incorrectly added bill messages following ransomware attack | January 6, 2021 | WAVY
HRSD: Wastewater spill into James River is under control, 29M gallons spilled or diverted | January 7, 2021 | WAVY
Preliminary pipe repairs made after 29 million gallons of untreated wastewater diverted into James River | January 7, 2021 | The Virginian-Pilot
Peninsula sewage diversion into James River stopped for time being, but residents worry about environment | January 8, 2021 | WAVY
Onancock Reflects on Christmas Event, Provides Grants, Wastewater Updates | January 8, 2021 | Eastern Shore Post
Why Hampton Roads sewage indicates COVID numbers could be higher | WVEC, December 29, 2020
Scientists using Wastewater Samples to Trace COVID-19 in Hampton Roads | WVEC, December 29, 2020
HRSD able to help customers experiencing hardships | Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, December 22, 2020 
Attorneys respond after state’s highest court rules against watermen on contaminated oyster beds | WAVY, December 22, 2020
Local residents, small businesses facing past-due utility bills can now apply for relief | WTKR, December 21, 2020
Utility relief available to people, businesses with overdue balances due to COVID-19 | WVEC, December 21, 2020
Virginia Supreme Court affirms Suffolk Court’s decision to dismiss oystermen’s case over pollution | WAVY TV, December 18, 2020
Hampton Roads’ sewage indicates that coronavirus cases may rise | WVIR TV, December 18, 2020
HRSD bills affected by ransomware attack | Suffolk-News Herald, December 18, 2020
HRSD receives $8.7 million in CARES Act funding to help customers with overdue water bills | WTKR TV, December 18, 2020
Based on sewage, scientist says COVID-19 cases in Hampton Roads will continue to increase | WAVY TV, December 18, 2020
HRSD continues to recover from cyberattack | WVEC TV, December 16, 2020
Smithfield, Surry utility bills impacted by ransomware | The Smithfield Times, December 15, 2020
Words on Water #170: How PFAS Can Raise Costs for Biosolids Programs | Words on Water, December 14, 2020
State Supreme Court rules in favor of city, HRSD in oyster case | Suffolk News-Herald, December 10, 2020
Exmore Hears 'Third Option' for Sewer and Discusses Funding | Eastern Shore Post, December 9, 2020
Local wastewater treatment company suffers ransomware attack, causing billing service suspensions | WTKR-TV, December 3, 2020
HRSD: Billing remains suspended, no late fees for customers following November ransomware attack | WAVY-TV, December 1, 2020
Phoebus pump station moving to new home this spring as sanitation officials offer virtual presentation plans | Daily Press, November 30, 2020
What should you do with grease after Thanksgiving | Virginian-Pilot, November 24, 2020
Avoid Brown Friday: How to properly dispose of greasy kitchen scraps | Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, November 18, 2020
Nansemond's shellfish woes point to upstream issues | Bay Journal, November 12, 2020
COVID-19 restrictions strain Exmore sewer revenue | Eastern Shore Post, November 5, 2020
State Supreme Court hears oyster case | Suffolk News-Herald, November 4, 2020
EPA chief announces $225 million WIFIA loan for Hampton Roads Sanitation District | Water Finance & Management, October 19, 2020
Chris Wilson, 38, Chief of Process Engineering and Research, Hampton Roads Sanitation District | Inside Business Top Forty Under 40, October 12, 2020
Construction commences on Woodstock Skate Park | The Virginian-Pilot, October 6, 2020
Exmore Keeps Options Open After Court’s HRSD Decision | Eastern Shore Post, October 8, 2020
Northampton Circuit Court Holds HRSD Hearing | Eastern Shore Post, October 8, 2020
VA Tech Team Taps Into Wastewater Antibiotic-Resistant Gene Monitoring | The Roanoke Star, October 8, 2020
Health department urges caution on Shingle Creek | Suffolk News-Herald, September 28, 2020
Part of Nansemond River closed to shellfish harvesting | Suffolk News-Herald, September 25, 2020 
Sewage spill in Suffolk leaves creek with dark black water and nasty smells | WAVY TV, September 23, 2020 
Health department closes shellfishing in York County | Daily Press, September 22, 2020 
Watermen cite significant loss of income after raw sewage dumped in Nansemond River | WAVY TV, September 22, 2020 
Water Utilities Commended for Transformational Programming | Municipal Sewer & Water, September 21, 2020 
From space, ODU researchers can see Hampton Roads sinking | The Virginian-Pilot, September 13, 2020 
HRSD Hearing Scheduled for October 2 | Shore Daily News, September 18, 2020 
Sewage overflowing into Shingle Creek after heavy rain | Suffolk News-Herald, September 18, 2020 
Heavy rainfall causes sanitary sewer overflows throughout Hampton Roads |, September 18, 2020 
2020 United for Infrastructure (Letter to the Editor) | Suffolk News-Herald, September 18, 2020 
Infrastructure Investments (Letter to the Editor) | Daily Press, September 19, 2020
WRF Honors Top Researcher and Utilities with Awards | The Water Research Foundation, September 4, 2020
Woodstock Skate Park design revealed, construction set for September 14 | WAVY TV, September 4, 2020
The Water Research Foundation Honors Top Researcher And Utilities With Awards | Water Online, September 3, 2020
Suffolk residents worry about sudden spike in water bill total | WVEC-TV, September 2, 2020
WEF Honors Excellence in Water Infrastructure and Design |Municipal Sewer and Water, September 1, 2020
Utility disconnection moratorium extended | Smithfield Times, September 1, 2020
An early indicator of where the coronavirus will strike next? In Hampton Roads, it could be your wastewater. | The Virginian-Pilot and The Daily Press, August 8, 2020
Watcher in the wastewater | Nature, July 28, 2020
Permit approved for Hardy pump station | Smithfield Times, July 28, 2020
HRSD pump station online | Gloucester-Mathews-Gazette Journal, July 29, 2020
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 | Daily Press, July 9, 2020
Wastewater pump station may be built in Taber Park | Southside Sentinel, June 3, 2020
Virginia Supreme Court to hear environmental law case on fisheries | Ballotpedia News, May 27, 2020
Local foundation renames scholarship in honor of Virginia Beach mass shooting victim | WTKR, May 28, 2020
Oystermen taking City of Suffolk to Supreme Court of Virginia over alleged pollution in Nansemond River | WAVY TV, May 20, 2020
State Supreme Court agrees to hear local oyster case | Suffolk News-Herald, May 20, 2020
HRSD cancels planned rate hike |, May 4, 2020
HRSD to keep rates at current levels | Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, May 6, 2020
Virginia to get decontamination systems that can sterilize 80,000 masks a day | Daily Press, May 2, 2020
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 | (similar story also aired on NBC affiliate, May 2, 2020
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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