Drinking water is tested at least 249 times a day, 7,757 times a month, and 93,602 times a year at the New River Valley Regional Water Authority. In accordance with federal and state regulations, the authority routinely monitors for 76 regulated, 48 unregulated and many non-regulated contaminants in your drinking water. Testing information may be found in the town’s Water Quality Report 825kb pdf).
In order to maintain the safety of the town's drinking water, testing and analysis of the distribution system is performed periodically by the town. In addition, water storage tanks are constructed and inspected periodically to assure water supply for day to day needs of the community and in the event of emergencies. The town also administers a backflow prevention program to protect the water supply from contamination through back siphonage and other potential cross connections.
For information concerning backflow prevention please call James Higgins at 540-443-1358.
Water Supply Plan
The Commonwealth of Virginia in response to a drought condition during the years of 1999-2002 passed Senate Bill 1221 in 2003. The resulting State Code, (9 VAC 25-780), is the Local and Regional Water Supply Planning regulation which was effective on November 2, 2005. The regulation requires all counties, cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Virginia to develop and submit a water supply plan to the State Water Control Board.
The Water Supply Plan regulation requirements include: existing water source information, existing water use information, existing resource information, water demand management, drought response and contingency plans, projected water demand, and statement of need based on existing and future water sources and demands.
The Town of Blacksburg and Town of Christiansburg submitted a resolution approving development of a regional water supply pldran between the two localities to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality on September 17, 2008. The development and submittal of a regional water supply plan shall be submitted by November 2, 2011 in accordance with State Code 9 VAC 25-780-50.
The following is a link to the town's Water Supply Plan submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality:
Water Supply Plan (11.7mb pdf)
Information on the cost of new service connection fees (122 kb pdf) is available on line. For information on obtaining new water service or for information concerning water line extensions and construction on development projects in the town call 540-443-1300. Please be sure to view the Town of Blacksburg Standards and Specifications for Water Distribution (2.22mb pdf).
Information on water pressure and flow is monitored and maintained on the fire hydrants throughout town. Please call 540-443-1300 for more information on fire hydrants.