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Botetourt County Joins Western Virginia Water Authority

7/1/2015

After participating in a series of public hearings and receiving concurrent resolutions from the member localities expressing support for membership expansion, the Executive Directors and members of the Board of Direcectors of the Western Virginia Water Authority are pleased to announce that Botetourt County will officially become a member of this regional organization on July 1, 2015.  An official signing of the Comprehensive Agreement was held at the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Botetourt County on Monday, June 29 at 12 noon.

The Western Virginia Water Authority (Authority) was formed on July 1, 2004 as a regional provider of water and wastewater services to customers in the City of Roanoke and Roanoke County.  In 2009, Franklin County joined the Authority.  “This successful regional approach continues to benefit current customers as well as customers in Botetourt County in the years to come by providing adequate water supply and quality, fire protection and wastewater service” said Gary Robertson, Executive Director Water Operations for the Western Virginia Water Authority.

While many of Botetourt’s customers already get their water from the Carvins Cove Reservoir, this joinder will expand the Carvins Cove service area in the months to come to include the majority of the Botetourt utility customers. The water quality of Carvins Cove, particularly in terms of the mineral content, is more beneficial than Botetourt’s current well water to meeting the needs of industries and residents. According to Botetourt County Administrator, Kathleen Guzi, water from Carvins Cove will assist in the County’s ability to market Greenfield to prospective industries.

Sanitary sewer service for 2,500 utility customers in  Botetourt is currently provided by the Authority at the Roanoke Regional Water Pollution Control Plant.  Mike McEvoy, Executive Director Wastewater Services for the  Western Virginia Water Authority shared that “customers will continue to receive the same high level of service at this facility”.

For all customers in the Authority’s service area, the addition of the roughly 3,000 Botetourt water and sewer customers provides a larger base in which to spread the organization’s operational and capital expenses. As has been shown in the Authority’s first ten years, working together regionally provides better rate stability, drought protection and infrastructure planning and maintenance for all customers.

In addition to welcoming the new customers, the Authority welcomes the current Botetourt County utility employees to our staff and welcomes John Williamson as the Botetourt County representative to the Western Virginia Water Authority Board of Directors.

Additional information about the Western Virginia Water Authority is available by calling 853-5700 or on our website at www.westernvawater.org.     

 

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For more information, contact

Sarah Baumgardner, Public Relations Manager, Western Virginia Water Authority

(540) 853-5707