We are continuously working to maintain and improve the water system. Some of the major projects we are currently working on involve the installation of new, or the replacement of existing, equipment and facilities needed to provide safe, reliable water service.
The new treatment plant started service in February, and consolidated and upgraded chemical treatment facilities for six wells near Mill Road. Five treatment systems were consolidated into a central facility that improved chemical handling and safety for water operators, and improved control and efficiency of chemical feed processes.
In June, this new source was placed in service and increased total production capacity by a half million gallons per day. This new capacity became available at an opportune time; helping us meet the challenges of the 2020 drought without having to impose any mandatory water use restrictions. Another half million gallons per day will be available from the new well once chemical treatment improvements are implemented in the next few years.
2020 was an active year for main replacements with five separate projects being completed in the distribution system. These projects replaced aging water mains with higher probabilities of breaks, leaks and service interruptions, and are part of our mission to assure reliable water service. The following streets were upgraded to new ductile-iron water mains and new service lines to each home or business.
|Location||Feet of new pipe||Old pipe replaced|
|7th – 8th – 9th – 10th Streets||1,269||Galvanized|
|Mill Road (Anns Lane to Reddington Landing)||2,266||Asbestos-cement and cast-iron|
Several of these projects were done in coordination with Hampton Pubic Works sewer and/or storm drain projects. This coordination helps reduce costs, and eliminates the need for additional work on these streets for decades to come. We appreciate the cooperation and patience of those who live and travel on these streets during construction.