- 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.
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The Board of Directors meet in the Water Authority's headquarters at 601 S. Jefferson Street, Second Floor Board Room. Board meetings are open to the public. Click the following links for more meeting information:
The Authority's Executive Directors, Mike McEvoy and Gary Robertson report to the Authority's Board of Directors.
The Western Virginia Water Authority has an eight-member governing board. Roanoke County and City of Roanoke governing bodies each select three board members while Franklin County and Botetourt County each select one board member.
- John P. Bradshaw, Jr. - Roanoke City Representative (Authority Board Chairman)
- Harvey D. Brookins, Jr. - Roanoke City Representative
- Bob Cowell - Roanoke City Representative
- Donald L. Davis - Roanoke County Representative
- Thomas C. Gates - Roanoke County Representative (Authority Board Vice-Chair)
- Randall M. Hancock - Roanoke County Representative
- Shirley Holland - Franklin County Representative
- Hunter Young - Botetourt County Representative
Other Board Positions:
- Tammy Lawfield - Treasurer (Authority Finance Manager)
- Gayle Shrewsbury - Board Secretary
- Sarah Baumgardner - FOIA Respresentative
Mr. Bradshaw was raised in the City of Norfolk and became a permanent resident of the City of Roanoke in 1962 when he was transferred here as an engineer with the engineering architectural firm of Hayes Seay Mattern & Mattern. Prior to his retirement from HSMM in 1998, Mr. Bradshaw held various assignments including structural and geotechnical engineer, Structural Department Head, Project Manager, Partner and Chairman of the Board.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from MIT and returned there after three years in the Navy to obtain a Masters Degree, specializing in geotechnical engineering. Professionally, he held engineering registrations in more than two dozen states including Virginia and California. In addition to membership in other professional societies, he is a Past President of the Virginia Chapter of ASCE where he was quite supportive of student engineers.
Mr. Bradshaw continued his interest in the Navy, retiring from the Naval Reserve as a Commander. He is a long time member of St. John's Episcopal Church, serving in various rolls including two terms on its Vestry. He also served as Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke and more recently Past Treasurer and Past President of the Historical Society of Western Virginia. In later rolls, he was instrumental in the establishment of the O. Winston Link Museum.
In 1972 he was appointed to the City of Roanoke Planning Commission and served for some 24 years, including being Chairman at various times. In the fall of 2007 and again in 2011, Mr. Bradshaw was elected to four year terms as the City of Roanoke's representative on the Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District Commission.
Married to a Roanoke Valley native, Matilda, the Bradshaws have three married daughters, two of whom currently reside in the valley, and five grandchildren.
Harvey D. Brookins, Jr. is the Vice President and City Executive of National Bank. Brookins will lead the bank’s Roanoke Loan Production Office.
Brookins has over 20 years of banking experience, with over 10 years of commercial banking experience in Roanoke and the New River Valley. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Brookins began his banking career in Michigan before moving to Virginia in 2006.
Mr. Brookins received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and Master’s of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is active in various community organizations including serving on the boards of the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys and YMCA of Roanoke Valley. Mr. Brookins, his wife, Tracey Hackett Brookins, Esq. and children live in the Roanoke Valley.
Bob Cowell- Roanoke City Representative
Bob is the City Manager for the City of Roanoke. He has served local governments for more than 20 years in city management and planning roles throughout the Midwest and West. Prior to joining Roanoke, he served as the Deputy City Manager for the City of Amarillo, Texas where he managed the cities development and utility services.
Bob has been involved in the development of numerous plans, projects and initiative focused on physical development, economic development and strategic planning. He is also an Assistant Professor of Practice at Texas A&M University in the School of Architecture’s Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Program.
Bob earned a B.S. Degree from St. Louis University and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. He is an International City/County Manager’s Association Credentialed Manager, serving on committees focused on sustainability and also on professional education for ICMA. He is also a Certified Planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners, an Accredited Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Davis has lived in Vinton since 1965. Mr. Davis served on the Vinton Town Council for fifteen years, the last four years as Mayor. He was employed in the banking industry from 1965-1997, retiring after 32 years.
Mr. Davis has served as President of the Vinton Chamber of Commerce and the Vinton Dogwood Festival and has served as Vice Chairman of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission. He has held Club, District and State offices in the Lions Club.
He is a long time member of Thrasher Memorial United Methodist church in Vinton and has served as Treasurer of the Church.
Mr. Davis has a banking degree from the University of Virginia. He and his wife have one daughter, one son and one granddaughter.
Thomas C. Gates - Roanoke County Representative & Authority Vice-Chair
On November 19, 2014, The Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Thomas C. Gates as Roanoke County Administrator. Gates comes to Roanoke County with nearly thirty years of experience working collaboratively with elected officials, citizens and employees to improve the functioning of government and delivering quality service to citizens.
Gates previously served as Deputy City Manager and Chief of Staff for the City of Alexandria where he implemented a city-wide ethics initiative, more effective civic engagement practices, and a comprehensive performance management system.
Prior to joining the City of Alexandria, Gates served as the Assistant County Administrator for Spartanburg County, South Carolina where he provided management oversight and coordination of administrative operations and public safety services. Gates has served as the Management and Budget Director for both Spartanburg County, and the City of Greenville, South Carolina. He has twice served as City Administrator for the municipalities of Loris, South Carolina and Garden City, Georgia.
Thomas C. Gates holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, jointly awarded by the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. He has also served as adjunct faculty for the University of South Carolina Upstate where he taught public administration and public financial administration.
Gates is a former Board Chair for the Spartanburg County Community Indicators Project and served on the board of the Urban League of the Upstate. Gates currently serves on the Board of the American Society of Public Administration’s Center for Accountability Performance.
Gates is an International City/County Manager’s Association Credentialed Manager.
Mr. Hancock grew up in Salem,VA and attended Andrew Lewis High School. He moved to Roanoke County in 1984 and resides there with his wife and daughter. Mr. Hancock worked 37 years in consulting engineering and retired from Draper Aden Associates in 2014 where he served as a Project Manager and Senior Engineer for water and sewer facilities and land development projects throughout Virginia and Eastern West Virginia. Mr. Hancock received a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from Virginia Tech and is a registered engineer in Virginia.
Shirley Holland - Franklin County Representative
Mrs. Holland joined the Western Virginia Water Authority in 2010 as the Franklin County representative. Mrs. Holland is employed by Carilion Clinic as Vice President of Planning and Community Development, responsible for planning and marketing functions for the organization, as well as community health outreach and the organization’s community call center.
Mrs. Holland currently serves on the boards of the Western Virginia Water Authority, Freedom First Enterprise, Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Local Office on Aging, YMCA of Roanoke Valley and Restoration Housing. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Bridgewater College and her Master in Business Administration from Radford University.
Hunter Young - Botetourt County Representative
Hunter Young leads Civil Consulting Group, P.C. in Troutville, where he specializes in various
potable-water, stormwater, and wastewater-related projects. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a concentration in hydro-systems. He began his career in suburban Washington D.C. and moved to Botetourt County in 1999.
Hunter is a registered Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional. He also holds two United States patents. Hunter is presently the Chairman of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional CEDS Committee, and he serves as a member of the Botetourt County Board of Zoning Appeals. He is a member of the American Water Works Association and the National Eagle Scout Association. Hunter lives near Fincastle with his wife, Sue.