Richmond's wastewater treatment plant serves approximately 58,000 customers in the city and is the largest of its kind in Virginia. Located along the south bank of the James River, the plant can treat up to 70 million gallons a day of sanitary sewage and stormwater before returning it to the river.
Protecting and improving the water quality and aquatic life in the James River is an ongoing commitment by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The wastewater plant laboratory has recently been expanded to do more technologically advanced water analysis.
In addition to the millions that have been spent in wastewater plant upgrades, DPU is also engaged in a $117 million
combined sewer overflow (CSO) control program
to protect the river from untreated sewer overflows during heavy rains.
The wastewater utility also operates and maintains 1,500 miles of sanitary sewer, pumping stations, 38 miles of intersecting sewer lines, and the Shockoe Retention Basin, a 44-million gallon stormwater reservoir used during heavy rains.
For more information about Richmond's Industrial Pretreatment Program, call (804)646-8661.
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