The Water Quality Department ensures the quality of water discharged by industries into the treatment systems and the quality of the treated wastewater that is returned to the environment. This department also helps HRSD ensure compliance with its environmental permits and leads regulatory advocacy efforts. 

The Central Environmental Laboratory Division is staffed to provide quality laboratory tests for internal analysis and regulatory control.  Our state-of-the-art Central Environmental Laboratory uses the latest technology to monitor treatment processes, industrial discharges into our system and local waterways.  The department’s Municipal Assistance Program performs environmental monitoring and analytical services at cost for government agencies throughout Virginia. 

Ensuring industrial permit compliance according to regulations, the Pretreatment and Pollution Prevention Division monitors wastewater through toxic and surcharge surveys and sampling.  They conduct regular inspections at industrial sites, issue permits to new industries and investigate violations. 

The Technical Services Division oversees a number of environmental issues, including environmental monitoring programs, and performs all reporting required by our permits.


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Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards

Each year HRSD honors businesses and industries for outstanding pollution prevention (P2) measures. P2 awards are presented for multi-media (air, land, water) efforts that focus on reduction of waste (or its toxicity) at the source rather than traditional treatment, control, and disposal. Some examples include raw material substitution, installation of clean manufacturing technologies, in-process recycling, as well as preventive maintenance and spill prevention.

In addition to recognizing P2 award winners, HRSD also recognizes pretreatment excellence award winners for exemplary permit compliance. To protect the environment and our facilities, HRSD issues permits and monitors wastewater discharged from businesses and industries. These businesses pretreat their industrial wastewater before discharging it to HRSD's system, helping to protect our waterways and other natural resources. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized HRSD's pretreatment program as one of the nation's best.

Pollution Prevention (P2) Award Information and Application - Projects Completed in 2023
View Ad honoring 2022 award winners (pdf)


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