James City County Groundwater Treatment Facility Receives Final Groundwater Withdrawal Permit
Date: January 6, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Larry Foster, General Manager, JCSA
Phone: (757) 253-6806
(James City County) On December 30, 2002, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a final groundwater withdrawal permit to James City County for the County's Five Forks Groundwater Treatment Facility located on John Tyler Highway.
The permit is an important next step in the County's efforts to increase the public water supply. The facility will withdraw and treat water from the Middle and Lower Potomac Aquifers, reducing reliance on the Chickahominy Piney Point Aquifer (the aquifer used by most private residential wells in the County). Combined with existing public wells, the facility will provide water to meet the County's public needs through 2013, when the withdrawal permit will need to be renewed and expanded.
Site development for the facility has already begun. Construction, estimated at twenty million dollars, will begin in early 2003 and be completed by late 2004. The facility will be completed in two phases. The first phase will produce 2.5 million gallons of water per day (mgd) through 2010. In 2010 the second phase will increase withdrawal capacity to 5.0 mgd. The JCSA will continue to operate thirteen existing well facilities in order to meet projected water demands.