Category Archives: Drinking Water

Drinking Water Issues in 11 Cities Worldwide Described in February 2018 BBC Article

The 11 Cities Most Likely to Run Out of Drinking Water,” BBC News, February 11, 2018, is available online at  The article gives brief overviews of water-supply issues in the following cities (listed in the order presented in the article): São Paulo, Brazil; Bangalore, India; Beijing, China; Cairo, Egypt; Jakarta, Indonesia; Moscow, Russia; Istanbul, Turkey; Mexico City, Mexico; London, England; Tokyo, Japan; and Miami in the United States.

“Water is Life” is the Theme of the Annual SERCAP Meeting on April 11, 2018, and the Focus of the Organization’s Mission

April 11, 2018, is the date for the annual “Water is Life! Luncheon and Conference” held by the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc., or SERCAP, located in Roanoke, Va.  For information about the annual luncheon/conference, e-mail, or contact SERCAP at 347 Campbell Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016; phone (540) 345-1184.

The 2018 event will mark the 49th anniversary of SERCAP, whose mission is to help provide safe and adequate water and wastewater, community development, environmental health, and economic self-sufficiency to rural citizens in seven southeastern states: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  SERCAP is one of six rural community assistance projects in the United States.  More information about SERCAP is available online at

For an audio take on SERCAP and its April 2017 meeting, have a listen to Virginia Water Radio Episode 366 (5-1-17) (4 min./51 sec.), online at

Water for Tomorrow photo
“Water for Tomorrow,” an influential 1988 report on water and wastewater needs by locality in Virginia, was published by the Virginia Water Project, the predecessor to SERCAP.

Unregulated Drinking Water Contaminants are Focus of Two PBS Reports on Dec. 16-17, 2017

On December 16 and 17, 2017, the PBS NewsHour aired two reports on unregulated drinking water contaminants, focusing on the examples of 1,4-dioxane in New York and “GenX” in North Carolina.  The reports are “Long Island residents worry their tap water is unsafe,” 12/16/17 (10 min./39 sec. video), online at; and “How an unregulated chemical entered a North Carolina community’s drinking water,” 12/17/17 (10 min./30 sec. video), online at

Waterworks Apprenticeship Program for Roanoke County, Va., High School Students Described in 11/14/17 Roanoke Times Article

Roanoke County teen apprentices get a hands-on look at the valley’s waterworks, Roanoke Times, 11/14/17, describes the Western Virginia Water Authority’s apprenticeship program for Roanoke County high school students.  As of the 2017-18 school year, the Water Authority–which supplies water to customers in the City of Roanoke and the counties of Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke–had five paid interns and planned to add five more in 2018-19.  The program targets high school juniors.

More information on the Western Virginia Water Authority is available online at

Virginia Well Inventory Maps Released in August 2017 by Virginia Tech

In August 2017, the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) released two maps showing the range of the number of private wells and the percentage of the population served by private wells for each Virginia county.  As of 8/22/17, the maps are available online at the Virginia Department of Health Web site, at (scroll down to “How Many Private Wells Are There in Virginia?”); they will eventually be posted on the site of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, online at  The maps were created by Jessica Slagle, a student intern with BSE, based on data from the Virginia State Water Resources Plan and the U.S. Census.  For more information, contact Erin Ling, the coordinator of the Household Water Quality Program, at (540) 231-9058 or

Drinking Water Funding in Va. – July 27, 2017, Public Comment Session on FY 2018 Intended Use Program

On July 27, 2017, 9 a.m., the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will hold a public-comment session on the Fiscal Year 2018 Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program.  The meeting will be at the VDH Office of Drinking Water, 109 Governor Street, 6th Floor, in Richmond.  Click this link for more information about the meeting.

The program provides assistance to public water systems for capital improvement projects to help meet public health protection objectives of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

According to the VDH’s Web site on the Intended Use Plan for 2017, online at “Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress authorizes capitalization grants to the states through the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWSRF).  As part of the annual DWSRF grant application process Virginia seeks meaningful public involvement through input, review, and comments.  The VDH’s Office of Drinking Water (ODW) has prepared a draft Intended Use Plan (IUP) that explains the goals of the program, funding priorities, how VDH intends to use the grant funds, and other important information submitted from the funding requests and set-aside suggestions.”

More information about drinking water funding programs is available online at

On Virginia Water Radio for 5-1-17: SERCAP’s Past and Present of Paying Attention to Rural Water and Wastewater Needs

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, for the week of May 1, 2017, is “SERCAP Continues a Rural Water and Wastewater Focus That Began in 1969.”  The 4 min./51 sec. episode, available online at, introduces the Roanoke-based organization whose work since 1969 in rural water, wastewater, and community development has been a model for similar organizations nationwide.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is  Have a listen or two!