SUFFOLK, Va. – Scientists say that treated wastewater can help Virginia’s coast, responding to the rising seas.
A local cleaning service for the Hampton Roads region wants to start injecting the water deep under the ground instead of dumping into the rivers that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.
The U. S. Geological Survey says the water would probably be the extend of the sandy aquifer underground, causing the ground to rise.
So far, a pilot project is being planned. But experts say that if the whole of the project, the proceeds of 120 million litres per day, the ground could rise by a few inches in the coming decades. The water pumped into the ground would be purified to drinking water standards.
The region of 1.7 million people and is the nation’s second-most vulnerable, after New Orleans, the relative rise of the sea level.