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streams offer ample opportunity for boating
and fishing.
Sarah Baumgardner, PR director for the
Water Authority, lays out some statistics.
"Based on the past five fiscal years, the
authority has billed an average of 5.1 billion
gallons of water per year. The annual yield
from our sources is 18.9 billion gallons.
... The population of the Roanoke area
increased 0.58% from 2017 to 2018. If we
use very generous population growth of 1%
to estimate demand, we do not reach our
yield until we are beyond year 2119. At a
2% growth rate we reach our current yield
in 2085."
The Carvins Cove Reservoir holds 6.42
billion gallons of water at full pond and
Spring Hollow Reservoir holds 3.2 billion
gallons at full pond. Both were full in late
spring.
"Based on current demand, these reservoirs
store two years worth of water," says
Baumgardner.
Kip Foster of the Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality in Salem says that
"having several sources of drinking water

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	Dirty
		Streams
	 Feed the
			River
Twelve of the 13 streams feeding the Roanoke River in the
Roanoke Valley are on the Clean Water Act's impaired
water list, according to Roanoke City's website. That means
they exceed the safe level for bacteria (E.coli) sediment,
temperature and PCBs.
The streams are: Tinker Creek, Mason Creek, Peters Creek,
Back Creek, Ore Branch, Murray Run, Mudlick Creek,
Barnhardt Creek, Lick Run, Glade Creek, Garnand
Branch and Carvin Creek.
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