- 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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Prescription Drug Take-Back
Over 36,000 pounds of prescription medications have been collected at area take-back events. These events, sponsored by the Western Virginia Water Authority, Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition, area law enforcement officers and the Drug Enforcement Administration provide a free, secure place to dispose of unwanted medications and helps protect our waterways, prevent drug abuse and makes our communities safer.
The next Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held April 27, 2019 from 10am - 2pm. Please visit one of the convenient parking lot locations listed below or visit www.dea.gov for specific drug disposal sites in your area.
Roanoke City - Towers Mall CVS, Towers Mall CVS; Solution Center - 2328 Melrose Ave; and 9th Street SouthEast CVS
Botetourt County - Kroger at Daleville and Ransone's Drug Store
Salem - Super Shoes on Main Street and VA State Police HQ on W. Main Street
Craig County - Market Street Pharmacy
Franklin County - Kroger at Westlake and Wal-Mart in Rocky Mount
Roanoke County - Kroger at Tanglewood Mall, Kroger on Valley Gateway Blvd., Walgreens at Electric & Brambleton and the Hershberger Road Fire & Rescue #1
Vinton - Kroger on Hardy Road
Where can you safely dispose of medications between take-back events?
Year-round medication disposal is available at permanent drop-off boxes around the valley.
- Sheriff’s Annex behind the Roanoke County Juvenile Relations building at the corner of E. Calhoun Street and Strawberry Lane
- Vinton Police Dept: 311 S Pollard Street
- Walgreens at the intersection of Williamson and Hershberger
- CVS at Towers Mall - CVS Towers: 2001 Colonial Ave; Roanoke
- Carilion Clinic Pharmacy - 3737 W. Main Street Salem
- Carilion Medical Center Pharmacy 2001 Crystal Spring Avenue Roanoke
- Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
- Carilion New River Valley Medical Center
- Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital
- Carilion Giles Community Hospital
- Carilion 3 Riverside Circle, Roanoke
Water Authority in the News
Authority Dedicates L-O-V-E sign in SE Roanoke
Virginia Tech Launches System to Predict Water Conditions in the Authority's Reservoir
New Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility Dedicated
Editorial The Roanoke Times - Good News in Moneta
VT Collaborates with WVWA to Improve Water Quality
Editorial The Roanoke Times - Government Efficiency
Tinker Creek Tunnel at Carvins Cove turns 50
Benjamin Franklin Middle School students enjoy "Creek Week"
Blue Ridge Brawlers are National Champion Operations Challenge Team
Editorial: Spring Hollow and the Water Authority formation help with economic development
Botetourt County joins the Western Virginia Water Authority