- The cost of one bottle of water from a vending machine is equivalent to the cost of drinking 8 glasses of tap water every day for a year.
- A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.
- The Water Authority maintains almost 1500 miles of drinking water pipes. If you put them end-to-end, they would stretch from Roanoke to Colorado Springs, CO.
- At one drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons of water per year.
- Water is the only substance naturally found on earth as a solid, liquid and gas.
- Over 713 gallons of water go into the production of one cotton T-shirt.
- The Authority’s Water Pollution Control Plant is regarded as one of the best bird-watching areas in the mid-Atlantic region.
- The Water Authority maintains over 6,000 fire hydrants in our service area. Fire hydrants are connected to the public drinking water distribution lines, so water from a fire hydrant is drinking water.
- There are over 23,000 manholes in our service area.
- Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is the second largest municipal park in the United States.
- The Authority’s Water Pollution Control Plant covers over 100 acres of land.
- More people in the world have a mobile phone than have a toilet.
- The Water Authority treats 19-million gallons of drinking water a day although we have the capacity to treat 56-million gallons per day.
- The Authority’s Water Pollution Control Plant treats almost 37-million gallons of wastewater a day from all across the Roanoke Valley.
- There are 51 drinking water storage tanks in our service area. They each hold between 500,000 – 2-million gallons of water.
- Most of the treated drinking water used in a home is for toilet flushing.
Carvins Cove Boat Landing Information
Please read before you visit the Cove this weekend. Let's work together to stay safe.
Carvins Cove will has restricted access due to COVID19 Emergency
The Carvins Cove Boat Landing area will have restricted access until further notice due to the COVID19 emergency. While we realize that utilizing the trails and boating opportunities with proper social distancing in the park has its benefits, too many people are coming to the Boat Landing area making it difficult to follow the CDC and Commonwealth of Virginia current guidelines. Guests to Carvins Cove must not congregate in groups of 10 or more people and must maintain at least six-feet of distance between other guests.
If guests do not follow these social distancing rules, the Western Virginia Water Authority will be forced to close all access to the Boat Landing. Now more than ever, please use the park responsibility.
To minimize crowds and to comply with CDC and Commonwealth of Virginia regulations, the following policies are now in place:
• All restroom facilities at the Carvins Cove Boat Landing and Natural Reserve are now closed.
• The picnic shelters at the Carvins Cove Boat Landing are now closed.
• Parking will be restricted at the Boat Landing area to limit the number of visitors. If a parking spot is not available, guests will not be allowed to stay and utilize the park.
• Rental boats are not available.
• Trails will remain open for hiking and biking, and fishing from the shore or a personal boat is permitted at this time. If you launch your own boat, you must provide your own PFD (personal flotation device).
• No more than 10 people at any one time are allowed to congregate on the fishing piers, boat launching sites, parking lot or any other area in the park.
• Fees are currently waived to limit the public’s contact with our staff.
• The Boat Landing hours are 8:30am - 6:30pm.
• If guests do not maintain the CDC required social distancing requirement of six-feet between individuals and groups of no larger than 10 people, we will be forced to close the Boat Landing area.
Please note that Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 4pm are the busiest times at the Boat Landing. Please consider visiting during the week when the park is not as crowded.