October 11, 2015

Tidewater groundwater faces a challenge in coming years

Here are a few handy facts and figures from today's DAILY PRESS article on local groundwater at http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-nws-water-20151011-story.html:

  • Quite a bit of our local drinking water from groundwater aquifers is 40,000 years old.
  • Virginia receives an average of 40 inches of rain each year, but less than one-half inch of it soaks into  our groundwater sediment.
  • Our groundwater has dropped as much as 200 feet during the last century in some areas in Virginia.
  • In James City County, current water consumption (in 2015) is 5.6 million gallons per DAY.
  • Virginia's DEQ may cut James City County's daily water withdrawal to 3.8 to 4 million gallons.
Prepare to conserve more water over the coming years.

Other eye-opening news is that the EPA tells us that $6.7 billion is needed for drinking water infrastructure needs in Virginia alone. $4.5 billion for pipeline improvements.

And $384 BILLION just to maintain the existing drinking water infrastructure in the entire country.