Botetourt Co. and Western Virginia Water Authority meet with residents to hear concerns

Botetourt Co. and Western Virginia Water Authority meet with residents to hear concerns (Image 1)
Botetourt Co. and Western Virginia Water Authority meet with residents to hear concerns (Image 1)

BOTETOURT COUNTY (WSLS) – Officials in Botetourt County lead the discussion about a potential merger between the county utilities and the Western Virginia Water Authority.

The hope is that residents would eventually get better quality water.

The meeting was more of an open house for people to also share their concerns about water rates or the water quality.

Is too early to finalize, but one proposed idea is to build a pump station that will cost about $500,000 behind Lord Botetourt high school so people along route 220 could get better water.

It’s something business owners in the Daleville Towncenter say it’s needed.

“It’s still [the water] less than desirable as far as the taste and smell,” Z Surber manager of the tap-house said.

Jamie Duval says the stains in the toilet is proof the water needs improvement.

“When I first moved in the toilets were completely black inside,” Duval said.

Duval hopes the county and the Western Virginia Water Authority reach an agreement quickly.

“I appreciate the fact that they’re really doing it that it makes me really happy obviously they’re taking our concerns into consideration,” Duval said.

Monday night’s gathering was an informational meeting where people can come out and share their concerns with representatives from the West Virginia water authority.

It’s an opportunity to discuss if Botetourt County merged with the water authority what could happen with the water rates as well as how to address the surplus of iron.

One idea is to use the Carvins Cove base water was goes to the water authority for trace implant John Williamson a Botetourt County Board of Supervisor said.

“The real requirement to bring Carvin’s Cove water to Greenfield would require a booster pumping station to increase the height of the water somewhere in the vicinity of Lord Botetourt High School” Gary Robertson Executive Director for Water Operations said.

One Board of Supervisor in Botetourt County John Williamson hopes the change could go into effect by next year.

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