Appomattox River Water Authority Hears from Public
The Appomattox River Water Authority. which provides water to parts of Chesterfield, Prince George and Dinwiddie counties as well as Petersburg and Colonial Heights had a meeting last night to hear from the public about water levels in Lake Chesdin and mandatory water restrictions.
Demand for water has increased over the years. Engineers are examining water flow in and out of the lake.
Covington: The operator of the dam has to release a certain amount of flow to preserve water in the Appomattox River below the dam. We have gained relief of that particular permit requirement temporarily now.
Roy Covington is Director of Utilities for Chesterfield County.
Will the steady rain over the past two days help?
Covington: We anticipate it will be a significant improvement, but it's hard to say at this point that, you know, we're at a point that we could modify water restrictions in any way. We'll just have to wait and see exactly how the lake level responds to this rain.
Covington said people who believe a 42-inch pipeline along River Road to near U.S.360 is taking water from the lake to the Swift Creek Reservoir are mistaken. There's no connection to Swift Creek.
John Ogle, WCVE News