Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Screening and Grit Facilities (CSO project)

Project Summary and Scope

This project is a requirement of the CSO Special Order by Consent between the City and the Virginia State Water Control Board.  The project consists of the construction of a new Screening and Grit Removal Facility at the WWTP.  The project will also replace the existing influent mechanical climber screens and influent gates and gate operators.

Information and documents authorizing, depicting or outlining details about the project, including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. CSO Special Order by Consent   
  2. UDC Report to City Planning Commission
  3. CSO Grant Agreement with Virginia Resources Authority.
  4. Ordinance to accept funds of $45 million.
  5. DPU meets every three months with DEQ to review project status.  

Part of the Project Written Studies, Reports, Presentation

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Project Milestones

Construction Start – Feb 2021

Construction Completion – Early 2024

Project Funding

DPU Wastewater CIP - $30,700,000 ($19,375,848 to be reimbursed by Virginia CSO Matching Fund Grant and $9,550,000 planned from Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund)

Project Status Updates

Construction bids received 10/23/2018. Original Bids received were over project budget and the Bids were cancelled. Project was redesigned  and rebid November 2021. Contract has been awarded to Southwood Building Systems and notice to proceed was confirmed in Feb 2021.

Construction ongoing since Feb 2021.

Permit, information is listed below. For details please call the Department of Planning, Development and Review at 804-646-4169.

City Planning Commission Approval on May 20, 2019.

City Building Permit plan review completed April 2021

DEQ Certificate to Construct received March 27, 2018.

Expenses (costs are reported quarterly)

RAPIDS Project # 102130.

Total expenditures as of 06/20/2024:  $35,098,238.56

Project Contact Information, if you have questions about this project please contact this individual.

For information about the details of any project first contact the public information office for the department running the project.  For most projects the following people can help:

  • City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities Media Contact:  Rhonda Johnson Rhonda.Johnson@RVA.GOV (804) 646-5463
  • City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities Project Contact:  Vann Ni  Yun.Ni@rva.gov 804 646 8102

Performance Measures and Benchmarks

Details concerning technical details and schedule are reviewed at weekly construction progress meetings. Structural elements are subject to special inspections during construction. Actual performance of Screening and Grit Removal improvements will be tested and measured when the system is constructed and operational.

Project Overall Status (Active, Pending or Complete)


Ordinance Information

Authorized through adoption of City Capital Improvement Program, Wastewater Utility.

Contract Information

Procurement Documents (although drawings and details about the design will be available from the Procurement office, these documents should be considered as protected by the Homeland Security exception and should not be shared unconditionally with the public.  Anyone requesting access to these documents should complete and sign a FOIA request form with DPU).