Environmental Science

County's water treatment plant proposal edges closer to approval

County's water treatment plant proposal edges closer to approval

James City continues to collect permission slips needed to build a water treatment plant on the lower Chickahominy River, though some environmental groups and citizens are wary of the plant’s potential impact on the local environment.

The James City Service Authority needs three federal and state entities to sign off on a permit to be able to move forward with the construction of a $128 million water treatment plant. The plant would be a means of keeping step with anticipated demand for potable water in the coming decades.

In August, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approved the James City Service Authority’s permit application to draw up to 16.95 million...

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