Did You

  • 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 Day

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Prescription Drug Take-Back

Over 33,000 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 in October.

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