Exmore Hears ‘Third Option’ for Sewer and Discusses Funding

Dec 9, 2020

Ken Dufty, an Exmore business owner, opposes an offer from the public Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) to take over Exmore’s sewer plant, including reconstruction, ownership, operation, and customer billing.

HRSD would build a $25 million force main to carry wastewater from Nassawadox, Exmore, Melfa, and part of Accomac, to the Onancock wastewater treatment plant.

At an Oct. 2 public hearing, Judge Revell Lewis III granted HRSD’s petitions to begin negotiating deals with the Eastern Shore’s counties and towns.

“What they didn’t tell the judge was that the towns, like Exmore, have to build out their infrastructure, and then when it’s done – according to their enabling act – sign it over to HRSD,” Dufty contended.

“So we borrow $7 million to put in new pipes in Exmore and then we give it to HRSD, but they assume no debt.”

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