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Wastewater
Wastewater worker comes out of manholeWhat We Do
The Wastewater Division ensures that wastewater in Norfolk is managed effectively to protect our residents’ and visitors’ health, safety and quality of life.

Wastewater crews work 24 hours a day maintaining and repairing the system that takes wastewater away from Norfolk homes, businesses and facilities and conveys it to wastewater treatment plants that are operated by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD).

Call Us If You Have a Problem
If you're experiencing problems with the wastewater system serving your home or business, call us at 757-823-1000 . Please call the Department of Utilities before calling a plumber, as your wastewater problem may be in the city infrastructure, not your private plumbing. A Wastewater employee can determine if you need plumbing services. Wastewater crews can not work on your home or business’ private plumbing system.

Keep FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) out of your drains to prevent wastewater backups in your homes pipes. Learn more about keeping FOG out of your pipes

If You Need a Sewer Repair
The system in your area may need a repair if you detect:
  • Gray water coming from the clean-out box
  • Inability to flush toilets
  • Gray water in the street with an odor
  • Pavement cave in with gray water
  • Strong odor coming from a wastewater pump station

For more information on the Division of Wastewater, contact the Department of Utilities at 757-823-1000.