James River

County wins permit to tap Chickahominy

James City County has won permission from the state Department of Environmental Quality to draw up to 16.95 million gallons a day from the Chickahominy River at the county's Chickahominy Riverfront Park.

That's more than three times what the county now draws from its groundwater wells and more than twice the maximum allowed by its recently extended 15-year permit to draw from the Potomac aquifer.

"This gives us long term options for water supply," County Administrator Bryan Hill said.

He said the Chickahominy could supply the county's needs — including its ambitions to attract new businesses to expand its tax base — through at least 2050.

But it may not...