his week we will be looking at issues concerning the proposed partnership with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District and both counties. We will attempt to break down various questions about the proposal and shed light on the true nature of the project.
WHAT IS THE HAMPTON ROADS SANITATION DISTRICT?
The Hampton Roads Sanitation District was created by the General Assembly as a non profit organization. Its purpose it to consolidate the collection and treatment of sewage effluent. It was designed to take the individual localities out of the sewage treatment business. The HRSD currently serves all of the Hampton Roads cities and extends northward to Matthews and Middlesex counties on the middle peninsula.
The advantages of the HRSD are many to the participating localities. First, as stated, the localities are no longer required to purchase and maintain sewage treatment plants. All aspects of operation including upgrades and maintenance will be assumed by HRSD Furthermore the HRSD also has a staff which is very and experienced in all aspects of collection and treatment. The HRSD has resources and expertise unavailable to many localities. Furthermore the cost of maintenance is spread among over 500,000 current HRSD users.