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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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The Western Virginia Water Authority offers a variety of land and water recreational opportunities at the Carvins Cove Natural Reserve. However swimming and camping are not permitted at the Carvins Cove Reservoir to help maintain the natural beauty and water quality of this resource.  Bird watching is available at the Roanoke Regional Water Pollution Control (WPC) Plant with a pass or along the neighboring greenways.

 

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Hiking

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve offers over 50-miles of trail with the park for all levels of hikers. Hikers can enter from Reservoir Road, Bennett Springs or Timberview. Land use passes are required for all visitors over the age of 16.

For more information on fees, obtaining a pass, trail maps and park hours, please visit the Carvins Cove Hiking, Biking and Riding page.

Dogs are welcome in the park; however, all dogs must remained leashed while visiting Carvins Cove Natural Reserve and all waste needs to be disposed of properly.

For information on other trails in the area or helping build new trails at the Cove, please contact Greenways.org or City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation.

 

 

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Mountain Bike Riding

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve offers some of the best mountain biking in the area on the multi-use trails at Carvins Cove. Land use passes are required for all visitors over the age of 16.

For more information on fees, obtaining a pass, trail maps and park hours, please visit the Carvins Cove Hiking, Biking and Riding page.

 

 

 

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Horseback Riding

The multi-use trails at Carvins Cove are available for horseback trail riding in addition to hiking and mountain bike riding. Horse trailer parking is available at the parking area on Reservoir Road.

To maintain the health and beauty of the watershed and reservoir, visitors need to pick up and remove all waste from horses.

For more information on fees, obtaining a pass, trail maps and park hours, please visit the Carvins Cove Hiking, Biking and Riding page.

 


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Boating & Stand Up Paddleboarding

The Western Virginia Water Authority rents one and two person kayaks, two and four seat paddle boats and row boats to visitors over the age of 16 on a first-come/first-served basis. All rental rates include a required life jacket and paddle if needed. Rentals are available at the Security Office on Reservoir Road. For more information on boat rental fees and rental hours, please visit the Carvins Cove boating page.

Visitors may also bring their own boat to launch in the reservoir from the Boat Landing at Reservoir Road. To maintain water quality, all boats cannot have been in waters other than Carvins Cove for 21 days. Boats are inspected for evidence of mussels, invasion aquatic plants and prohibited bait/bait containers. The maximum motor size is 10hp and maximum boat length is 20 feet. Boat operators must be 16 years of age or older. For more information on boat launch fees and hours, please visit the Carvins Cove boating page.

A certification program has been developed with the City of Roanoke Parks of Recreation for visitors wishing to Stand Up Paddleboard.

 

 

fishing cove

Fishing

Visitors may fish from the shore, the fishing pier or from an approved personal boat – fishing is not permitted from rental boats. Please note that a valid Commonwealth of Virginia fishing license is required for all persons over 16 years of age who wish to fish in the reservoir.

To protect the water quality, no aquatic bait or bait containers are allowed. For more information on fees and hours, please visit the Carvins Cove fishing page .

 

 

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Bird Watching

The Roanoke Regional Water Pollution Control (WPC) Plant has enjoyed a long history as one of the best birding locations in the Roanoke Valley and is one of the primary stopover locations for migrating birds. The WPC Plant features many different habitats that attract woodland, aquatic and grassland birds.

The biosolid lagoons attract birds who prefer coastal mud flats or tidal pools. Birders can walk on gravel roads within the plant along the Roanoke River, next to the biosolids lagoons and adjacent to the wooded areas. Bird watching platforms are also available within the plant property and on the adjoining Greenway.

For more information on bird watching passes and entrance to the facility, please see  Bird watching at the Regional Water Pollution Control Plant.