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2021 News Releases



Avoiding the Grease Grinch | November 22, 2021 | WAVY
First Shore HRSD Project Will Start in Nassawadox | Eastern Shore Post, October 28, 2021
Gone in a zap: Jefferson Lab scientists blast electrons into water to remove toxic chemicals | Daily Press, October 25, 2021
Raul Gonzalez, 37, environmental scientist, Hampton Roads Sanitation District | Inside Business, October 25, 2021
WEF Honors Excellence in Infrastructure Operation, Design, Promotion | TPO Magazine, October 14, 2021
Nine projects selected for Recreational Trails Program grants | Augusta Free Press, October 8, 2021
Costs Skyrocket in Exmore Sewer Project, Doubling Cost | Eastern Shore Post, October 7, 2021
Wachapreague responds to sewer op-ed | Eastern Shore Post, October 6, 2021
House Panel Hears From Witnesses on Risks to Water from ‘Forever Chemicals’ | The Epoch Times, October 6, 2021
WEF issues awards for outstanding professionals, programs | WaterWorld, October 5, 2021
Board seeks sewer district expansion | Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, September 29, 2021
EPA Announces $477 Million WIFIA Loan for Major Managed Aquifer Recharge Project | Water Well Journal and NGWA, September 16, 2021
EPA Announces $477 m WIFIA loan for climate resilient water infrastructure project in Virginia | Smart Water Magazine, September 14, 2021
Hampton Roads aquifer project gets $477 million EPA Loan | Virginia Mercury, September 14, 2021
Virginia Water Infrastructure Project Gets Boost from EPA Loan | Engineering News-Record, September 13, 2021
Hampton Roads Sanitation District receives $477 million loan to build pump station in Newport News | Daily Press, September 13, 2021
EPA Issues $477M Loan for Virginia’s Water Infrastructure Program; Radhika Fox Quoted | ExecutiveBiz, September 13, 2021
Virginia expands sewage surveillance for COVID | GCN, September 10, 2021
Chesapeake Health Department using data from wastewater testing for COVID-19 to get communities vaccinated | WVEC, August 19, 2021
HRSD makes case for pump station | Southside Sentinel, August 18, 2021
Stern Appointed to Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission | Eastern Shore Post, August 12, 2021
Northam Names Stern to HRSD Board | Shore Daily News, August 10, 2021
See firsthand how HRSD tests wastewater to battle COVID-19 (Chesapeake Weekly) | Chesapeake Television, August 10, 2021
Urbanna residents decry sewage pump station | Southside Sentinel, July 28, 2021
Chesapeake Weekly, COVID-19 in Wastewater | City of Chesapeake’s Government Access TV, July 14, 2021
Onancock Council Authorizes Sewage Plant Transfer to HRSD | Eastern Shore Post, July 8, 2021
A unique skate park opens in Virginia Beach | WVEC, June 30, 2021
Opinion: Cheers to Hampton Roads’ Invaluable Water Workers | Daily Press, June 29, 2021
An Abundance of Gratitude for an Essential Service |, June 29, 2021
Woodstock Park sees high skate traffic during opening week | WTKR, June 20, 2021
Sophomore winds city-wide mural design contest | The Current (Ocean Lakes High School), June 19, 2021
"It‘s Got A Lot Of Flow": Virginia Beach‘s New Skate Park Designed For Riding And Wastewater | WHRO, June 17, 2021
Virginia Beach welcomes new skate park – and it serves a dual purpose | WRIC (WAVY story that ran on Richmond affiliate), June 16, 2021
Virginia Beach welcomes new skate park – and it serves a dual purpose | WAVY, June 15, 2021
“It’s the bombdiggity right here.” A new skate park opens Wednesday in Virginia Beach and skaters are stoked. | The Virginian-Pilot, June 15, 2021
HRSD says its seeing lowest number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic | WVEC, May 17, 2021
Water Infrastructure (Letter to the Editor) | Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot, May 10, 2021
United For Infrastructure Week | Suffolk News-Herald, May 7, 2021
Exmore will use 90%  of Rescue Plan Funding for Sewer Project | Eastern Shore Post, May 6, 2021
Variants in Virginia: What you should know about the coronavirus mutants | The Virginian-Pilot, April 19, 2021
Grab Your Skateboards, Woodstock Park is Opening  Soon | YurView (Living 757), April 19, 2021
HRSD has spent  the last year tracking COVID-19 through our wastewater. Here’s what it’s learned | The Virginian-Pilot, March 26, 2021
Newport News City Council approves sale of 9.4 acres of Riverview Farm Park for sustainable water initiative | Daily Press, March 24, 2021
Cleaning wastewater with electrons? Jefferson Lab studies how Hampton Roads sanitation District could do it | Daily Press, March 18, 2021
Cleaning wastewater with electrons? Jefferson Lab studies how Hampton Roads Sanitation District could do it | The Virginian-Pilot, March 18, 2021
Opinion: Protecting the Chesapeake requires investment in wastewater treatment | Daily Press, February 27, 2021
Detours in place after water main break closes southbound lanes of Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach | WAVY-TV, February 5, 2021
Shellfish harvesting ban on James River extended after wastewater discharge | WAVY-TV, January 22, 2021
Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater | CLP Magazine, January 21, 2021
Hundreds in Hampton Roads have applied for utility relief. Federal Funds can help cover the bill. | The Virginian-Pilot, January 19, 2021
HRSD allowing late payments without penalty | Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, January 13, 2021
News Briefs: Ancient Water Treatment System Uncovered in Guatemalan Forests | Treatment Plant Operator Magazine, January 13, 2021
Peninsula sewage diversion into James River stopped for time being, but residents worry about environment | WAVY, January 8, 2021
Preliminary pipe repairs made after 29 million gallons of untreated wastewater diverted into James River | The Virginian-Pilot, January 7, 2021
HRSD: Wastewater spill into James River is under control, 29M gallons spilled or diverted | WAVY, January 7, 2021
Untreated wastewater diverted into James River from Newport News | Daily Press, January 6, 2021
HRSD, HRUBS November & December bill due dates extended to end of January without penalty | WTKR, January 6, 2021
HRSD: Utility payment due dates extended for November, December bills | WVEC, January 6, 2021
HRSD leaders say to ignore incorrectly added bill messages following ransomware attack | WAVY, January 6, 2021
Wastewater spills into street after major line break in Newport News | WVEC, January 4, 2021
Line break spills wastewater into yards of some Newport News homes | Daily Press, January 4, 2021
Major wastewater line break in Newport News; health department issues shellfish harvesting ban | WAVY, January 4, 2021
Major sewer line breaks in Newport News; people warned not to walk, drive through water | WNCN, January 4, 2021










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