HRSD to Hold Public Meeting About Pressure Reducing Station Project

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Hampton Roads Sanitation District will hold a public meeting on the new pressure reducing station and storage tanks. (WYDaily file/Courtesy York County)

YORK COUNTY — The Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) will present the preliminary plan for the new proposed pressure reducing station near Tabb High School on Thursday, Sept. 9.

The public meeting will be held in the Tabb High School lobby, 4431 Big Bethel Road, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The purpose of the project is to reduce pressure on the County’s sewer system during heavy rains and high usage.

High pressure situations can lead to raw sewage overwhelming the system causing the sewage to release into the streams and rivers.

The pressure reducing station will also help the sewer and water treatment facilities with the SWIFT program, which is designed to pump drinkable water back into the aquifer to improve the Chesapeake Bay’s quality, replenish the groundwater supply and reduce land subsidence.

There are three alternative sites for the project, with the first site located along Victory Boulevard between the Hollymead neighborhood and Fire Station #2.

The second site runs parallel to the Dominion power lines behind Tabb High School, and the third site is further north on the other side of the powerlines near the Tabb High running track.

At the open house, HRSD will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the project, see the site possibilities, understand what the facility will look like, ask questions and make recommendations to its team.

York County Board of Supervisors District 5 representative Thomas Shepperd said in an Aug. 22 report that the plan is about 30% complete.

The pressure reducing pump station will be 130 ft. by 70 ft., 20 ft. deep and 35 ft. high. Each of the two offline storage tanks 135 ft. in diameter and 35 ft. high, and will be built with reinforced concrete.

The project design is expected to be 50% completed by the winter of 2021 and 90% completed by spring of 2022.

Construction is set to begin in the fall of 2022 and is expected to be completed in spring of 2024.

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