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Sewage system approved for Cooks Corner project

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0-1 on Tuesday, February 5, to authorize Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) to move ahead with a $1.6 million gravity collection sewage treatment system for the Cooks Corner Revitalization Project. 

HRSD and county officials are calling it a “temporary” plan and will only offer sewer services to the Cooks Corner grant project. HRSD will install an interceptor force main and sewer lines from Cooks Corner to the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center’s sewage treatment plant in Saluda. The effluent will be treated and discharged into Urbanna Creek. 

The long-term plan is a five-to-eight year plan to connect interceptor mains all the way down Route 33 from Urbanna to Deltaville and to pump sewage into a pipe under the Piankatank River to Mathews County where an interceptor main will pump it to a treatment plant in York County. This would eliminate sewage going into Urbanna Creek and would close down the Urbanna sewage treatment plant and the regional jail plant. The jail plant would become a large pump station site, said county administrator Matt Walker.

Water for the Cooks Corner project will be supplied by the Middlesex Water Authority, which will pump water from wells near Urbanna. The water system will eventually run down Routes 33 and 3 to Topping and Deltaville. The water system is in the engineering phase.

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posted 02.21.2019

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