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  • 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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Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

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Located in the beautiful mountains of Botetourt and Roanoke Counties not far from Hollins University, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is a beautiful 12,700-acre property containing a man-made reservoir and abundant protected forested land. Rainfall drains from the 11,200-acre watershed into the Carvins Cove Reservoir.

The water from the reservoir is treated at the Carvins Cove Water Filtration Plant  which filters around 10-million gallons of water per day for customers of the Western Virginia Water Authority.

While the reservoir and land immediately surrounding the reservoir is owned by the Western Virginia Water Authority, the land above the 1200-foot contour is owned by the City of Roanoke and is noted as the second largest city-owned park in the United States. In 2009, a donation of a two-part conservation easement to permanently protect 11,363 acres of the Carvins Cove Natural Reserve was finalized.

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve includes several different forested natural communities, perennial and intermittent streams, and the reservoir, all of which provide diverse wildlife habitats. Numerous recreational opportunities  are available at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve including over 55-miles of trails, a boat launch, picnic area, fishing platforms and restrooms for a small fee.  Swimming and camping are not permitted in the Carvins Cove Natural Reserve.  Dogs are welcome at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve; however, they must remain leashed at all times and are not allowed in the water.  Alcohol is prohibited at Carvins Cove.

Carvins Cove Reservoir/Boat Landing
9644 Reservoir Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
540-362-1757

For information on park hours, visitors' passes, directions and amenities , please see the following pages:
Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Boating and Fishing



History of Carvins Cove 

Photo Gallery of Carvins Cove