Our Aging Water Infrastructure
Over 1.5 million people in Hampton Roads are served by public water systems every day. As a region, our daily water use is approximately 135 million gallons. When you pay your utility bill, you’re making an investment into the future of these essential quality of life services.
It’s more than water and sewer services, it’s also the people needed to operate and maintain these systems, as well as the often unseen network of pipes and equipment that carry water to and from our homes. Beneath our cities, there is a vast amount of infrastructure — more than 6,500 miles of water distribution pipeline and 5,800 miles of sanitary sewer lines throughout Hampton Roads. These systems, and the people who maintain them, work silently and reliably to keep the water flowing. Because they are out of sight, we often take them for granted, but their proper maintenance is essential.
As our water and sewer pipes age, it’s important that municipalities plan ahead to upgrade and replace this critical infrastructure. Throughout Hampton Roads, our citizens can currently see the return on their investments with ongoing water and sanitary sewer construction projects. Although many of these systems were built to last many decades, it’s important to keep up the momentum as communities grow and pipes approach the end of their expected serviceability.