(RICHMOND, VA)—Richmond will take aggressive steps to address sewage overflows into the James River under legislation just passed by the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.
After heavy rainfalls, the city’s combined sewage system currently discharges untreated sewage into the James River. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Richard Stuart (SB1064), sets a timeline for Richmond to complete upgrades to the system to eliminate these discharges by 2035.
The General Assembly and the Governor would annually consider the cost and progress of this work in reports provided by the City of Richmond. This work will aid lawmakers in ensuring that the city has the additional funding needed to undertake the work.