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County adds central water to proposed sewer areas

by Tom Chillemi

On July 2, the Middlesex Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution establishing five zones where sewer service and central water could be offered.

Although it will be years before central water and wastewater service comes to some areas of Middlesex, establishing “service areas” is a first step by the county, which is working with Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) to develop “decentralized” wastewater service.

Instead of laying a pipeline and pumping the wastewater to a distant treatment plant, HRSD is considering smaller treatment plants in areas specified by the county, said county administrator Matt Walker. 

The effluent could be applied to land. The decentralized approach would direct development to service areas and retain the “rural character” of the areas in between, said Walker.

Localities, not HRSD, must decide where wastewater service is to be offered, said Jim Pyne, director of the HRSD Small Communities Division.

The adopted plan lists the Urbanna-Saluda area as the top priority, because the Urbanna plant needs to be replaced.

Another area to be served in Saluda is on the east side of Oakes Landing Road.

Service to the Deltaville area would begin along Route 33, east of Amburg, and encompass the Broad Creek area. All of Deltaville is in the eventual service area.

Other proposed service areas include the Harmony Village area at the intersection of Routes 33 and 3, Locust Hill, and Grey’s Point Camp.

In Hartfield, the first area to get service would be the commercial areas along Route 33, followed by the Coves at Wilton Creek subdivision.

In Jamaica District, the proposed service area includes property near Virginia Motor Speedway.

Only lightly touched on, but a huge expense, was the need to lay pipe to collect the wastewater. “It’s a big equation, with a lot of unknowns,” said Walker.

Pyne said that it cost about $13 million to lay the pipe from Mathews Courthouse to Gloucester—a distance of about 16 miles.

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posted 07.10.2013

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