At the State Water Commission meeting on October 24, 2017, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director David Paylor reported that recent reductions in permitted withdrawals of groundwater in eastern Virginia should reduce the rate of water-table dropping in the region’s Potomac aquifer, estimated at about 2 to 2.5 feet per year currently. Mr. Paylor reported that the permitted withdrawals for the region’s 14 largest groundwater users have been reduced from 146 million gallons a day (MGD) to about 69 million MGD. Mr. Paylor also noted that the Hampton Roads Sanitation Authority’s plan to add treated wastewater to the aquifer—known as the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow, or SWIFT; online at http://swiftva.com/—could significantly replenish the groundwater source.
More information about the State Water Commission meeting is available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/swc.htm?x=mtg.
Source: DEQ: Cutting groundwater draws likely to stabilize supply, Daily Press, 10/24/17.