- 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 24,500 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 provides a free, secure place to dispose of unwanted medications and helps protect our waterways, prevent drug abuse and makes our communities safer.
One of the most common questions we get at a Rx Take-Back event is "where can I safely dispose of my medications between events?" A permanent collection box has been installed at the Roanoke County Sheriff's Office Annex behind the Roanoke County Juvenile Relations building at the corner of East Calhoun Street and Strawberry Lane in Roanoke.
Any prescription medications in original bottles/packages can be safely and conveniently deposited in this secure collection box Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. excluding holidays.
Water Authority in the News
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