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Federal permit issued for the King William Reservoir


For Immediate Release

Contact: Lee Ann Hartmann, Newport News Waterworks
(757) 926-1155

November 16, 2005


Newport News, VA - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that the long-awaited federal permit for the proposed King William Reservoir has been issued to the City of Newport News on behalf of the regional water supply project partners. This is the final permit needed to begin implementing the project to create a 12 billion-gallon reservoir in King William County to store water withdrawn from the Mattaponi River. Completion of this project is expected in 2018 and will add 20 million gallons per day to the water supply of the Peninsula. The project also reserves water for the use and benefit of King William County (3 million gallons per day) and New Kent County (1 million gallons per day).


"All along, this project has been about water for future generations and for meeting our responsibility as the regional water supplier and doing what is necessary to provide adequate, clean, safe drinking water for all those who work and live on the Peninsula," says Newport News Mayor Joe S. Frank. "This permit decision by the North Atlantic Division of the Corps of Engineers confirms that we have met the challenge of providing for our future water needs while being good stewards of the environment."


The regional partners include Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, York County, James City County, and Williamsburg. Mayor Frank states, "This project brought all the Peninsula communities together to work as a region to address our future water needs. I thank all of the Mayors, City Council members, County Board of Supervisor Chairs and Supervisors who supported this effort over the years. Without their unified and steadfast support we would not be celebrating, today, the issuance of this permit."


The reservoir project also garnered support from the local business community and from community leaders. Mayor Frank comments, "A special thanks is due to Caroline Martin and the many members of Virginia Peninsula Citizens for Fair Play on Water who stepped forward to voice their support for the King William Reservoir project. They recognized how important it is to our children and grandchildren to have a plan for the Peninsula's future water needs and through their help, this plan will now be realized."


Available for comment:


City of Newport News - Mayor Joe S. Frank (757) 926-8403


Peninsula Citizens for Fair Play on Water - Caroline Martin (757) 238-3261


The proposed King William Reservoir is a project of the Peninsula's Regional Raw Water Study Group, comprised of representatives from Hampton, James City County, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and York County.


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