HRSD Breaks Ground on First Full-Scale SWIFT Facility

By: City of Newport News

Plans include enhancements for Riverview Farm Park in Newport News
HRSD recently broke ground on the first full-scale SWIFT (Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow) facility, which is located in Newport News. The James River SWIFT facility is expected to be online in 2026 and will be able to replenish the Potomac aquifer with up to 16 million gallons of drinking-water quality SWIFT Water™ per day using advanced treatment processes. The project also includes advanced nutrient reduction improvements for the James River Treatment Plant and will provide significant nature-based shoreline stabilization and other land improvements. The environmental impact alone is substantial, but the SWIFT project will also enhance the City of Newport News in other exciting ways. Plans include several park amenities to benefit the community, including approximately two miles of new walking trails providing public access to river views and the nearby marina. Comprehensive interpretive signage will educate visitors about the park’s natural resources and rich cultural heritage. To better serve park users, two additional public restrooms will be added along the outer loop of the existing trail system. The planned HRSD Administration Facility will provide a buffer to the plant, as well as public parking, restrooms, and reservable community meeting spaces. SWIFT is an innovative water treatment project in eastern Virginia designed to ensure a sustainable source of groundwater to meet current and future needs in the region. SWIFT 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 water quality SWIFT Water™, which is treated to match the existing groundwater chemistry and added to the Potomac Aquifer, the primary source of groundwater throughout eastern Virginia. This will ensure a sustainable source of groundwater while addressing environmental challenges such as Chesapeake Bay restoration, sea level rise and saltwater intrusion. Once fully implemented in 2032, SWIFT will have the capability of replenishing the Potomac Aquifer with up to 100 million gallons of SWIFT Water™ per day. For more information, visit www.hrsd.com/swift.

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