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Major project proposed to protect region’s groundwater

A major undertaking designed to replenish the region’s groundwater was the topic of last Wednesday’s meeting of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, which was held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point.

The Hampton Roads Sanitation District has proposed a plan designed to combat depletion of groundwater and replenish the Potomac aquifer that much of this region relies on for its drinking water. This plan calls for the construction of several water processing facilities that would allow between 100 million and 120 million gallons a day of clean, treated drinking water to be pumped back into the aquifer.

During last Wednesday’s presentation at Watermen’s Hall, Ted Henifin of the HRSD addressed members of the MPPDC, local government officials as well as the public on this project proposal. Henifin, who is the HRSD General Manager for the Sustainable Water Recycling Initiative, spoke on the benefits of the project, its estimat...

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