HRSD receives U.S. Water Prize

- Posted on Jul 18, 2018 - 01:21 PM

Hampton Roads Sanitation Division has received the U.S. Water Prize from the U.S. Water Alliance for its SWIFT water recycling initiative.

The U.S. Water Prize, awarded to HRSD in the public sector category, celebrates “outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to water challenges,” a press release stated. 

SWIFT is a water treatment project that takes HRSD’s already highly treated water, traditionally discharged into the Elizabeth, James or York rivers, and puts it through additional rounds of advanced water treatment to produce drinking-quality water.

This water is then treated to match the existing groundwater chemistry and added to the Potomac Aquifer, the primary source of groundwater throughout eastern Virginia, HRSD said.

The program is designed to ensure a sustainable source of groundwater, said the release, while also addressing environmental challenges such as Chesapeake Bay restoration, sea level rise and saltwater intrusion.

HRSD Commission Chair Rick Elofson and several HRSD staff accepted the award on July 10 at the U.S. Water Alliance’s One Water Summit 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

HRSD is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was created by public referendum in 1940 and currently serves 18 cities and counties in southeast Virginia, including Gloucester and Mathews. Its mission is to protect public health and the waters of Hampton Roads by treating wastewater effectively.