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Plan would send sewage out of county

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The green areas on the above map show potential sewer service zones in Middlesex County that could be served by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) plan. HRSD’s long-term goal is to pipe wastewater to Yorktown in 5 to 8 years. Wastewater main lines would run along Route 33 and Route 3 and connect to a forced main (red line at bottom) that has already been installed in Mathews along Route 198.

by Tom Chillemi

The cost to build a “forced main” sewer line from Urbanna to Saluda, Deltaville and Topping will be spread over the 466,000 accounts served by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, said engineer Jay Dano, chief of planning and analysis for HRSD, on Tuesday, March 5, at a Middlesex Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting.

However, HRSD does not pay for wastewater collection system, which is paid for by the locality, which in this case is Middlesex County.

Dano told the BOS that HRSD’s study determined it would be cheaper to send all wastewater to its Yorktown treatment plant.

HRSD had studied the feasibility of building a series of small plants to serve local areas, such as Deltaville, but the cost was too high, said Dano. Treating 1,000 gallons at a small plant costs about $18, as compared to $1.14 for 1,000 gallons at a large plant, stated Dano’s report to the BOS.

HRSD also looked at applying treated wastewater to land but operating costs were too high. 

posted 03.11.2019

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