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Did you miss the December info session about the James River Plant expansion? Here’s another chance

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HRSD is hosting a second informational open house to share details about upcoming plant expansion that will bring Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow  (SWIFT), Advanced Water Treatment and aquifer replenishment to the James River Plant.

The open house will be from 4-7 p.m. on Jan. 9.

The information shared will be the same as previously provided during the Dec. 7 open house, according to a news release from the city of Newport News

The informational session will be at the plant, 111 City Farm Road in Newport News.

Officials said attendees will:

  • Learn more about the wastewater treatment process
  • See preliminary expansion design plans and speak with project engineers
  • Learn about the many environmental benefits of SWIFT and aquifer replenishment
  • Ask questions and provide feedback
  • Sample drinking-water quality SWIFT Water

The project takes HRSD’s already highly treated water that would otherwise be discharged into the Elizabeth, James or York rivers and puts it through additional rounds of advanced water treatment to produce drinking quality SWIFT Water.

The SWIFT Water is then treated to match the existing groundwater chemistry and added to the Potomac Aquifer, the primary source of groundwater throughout eastern Virginia, officials said.

The SWIFT Research Center in Suffolk currently adds one million gallons of SWIFT Water to the Potomac Aquifer daily. Once fully implemented SWIFT will replenish the aquifer with up to 100 million gallons of water daily, ensuring a sustainable source of groundwater while also addressing environmental challenges such as Chesapeake Bay restoration, sea level rise and saltwater intrusion, according to the news release.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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