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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Water Quality Reports

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Annual Water Quality Reports

The Western Virginia Water Authority is pleased to provide water quality reports to its customers. The Authority is committed to providing drinking water of the highest quality, and these reports include information about where your water comes from, what it contains and how it compares to the standards set by regulatory agencies. The Authority vigilantly safeguards the water supply and is proud to report that it is in full compliance with all monitoring and reporting requirements without a single violation.

For questions about the quality of our drinking water or these reports, call the Water Authority at 853-5700. If you would like a paper copy of the report mailed to you, please email your address to info@westernvawater.org or call 853.5700.  The Western Virginia Water Authority is proud to treat and deliver safe drinking water.  Learn all about our water sources and treatment steps in our 2019 Water Quality Report publication (pdf version) or view the report below..


Are you a Home Brewer?   The Water Authority has compiled the specific water quality information you need for your water source. 


2018 Water Quality Report for the City of Roanoke and the Counties of Roanoke, Franklin and Botetourt.  Water quality reports for prior years are available by request.

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