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Concerns voiced over plan to discharge more treated effluent into Urbanna Creek

by Tom Chillemi

A plan to discharge more treated wastewater into Urbanna Creek is not sitting well with members of the Urbanna Town Council, as indicated at council’s February 28 meeting.

A recently released plan, approved by the Middlesex Board of Supervisors (BOS) in February, is to temporarily pump wastewater from the proposed Cooks Corner Revitalization project, which includes apartment residences, about 2 miles to Saluda to the treatment plant at the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda.

The Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) owns and operates two sewage treatment plants that discharge into Urbanna Creek. The larger one serves the Town of Urbanna with a capacity of 100,000 gallons per day (GPD). The other treatment plant, located at the jail, also serves the Middlesex County administration building, the courthouse and the sheriff’s office. Treatment is limited to 25,000 gallons per day (GPD).

Short and long term plan
Sewer service is key to the development plan to build 24 workforce housing apartments, a brew pub and event center at Cooks Corner.

Proposed by HRSD and recently approved by the Middlesex Board of Supervisors is running a sewer line from Cooks Corner to Saluda to be treated by the jail’s sewage treatment plant, which discharges into Urbanna Creek. HRSD has said this is a temporary solution. HRSD’s ultimate plan is to build a line from Saluda down Route 33 and connect to the existing pipeline in Mathews that leads to the treatment plant at Yorktown. (See related story and bap on Page A1.) A pipe under Urbanna Creek would send wastewater from the Urbanna plant to the main pipeline in Saluda.

Council member Boyd Wiley questioned whether the Mathews line is big enough to handle increased flow of all sewage from Middlesex, especially during the summer season when the population increases. 

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posted 03.11.2019

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