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Water Resource Management Supports Sustainable James River Water Quality and Regional Water Supply in Central Virginia

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In compliance with the statewide water supply planning process implemented by the Code of Virginia, the City of Richmond conducted a comprehensive analysis on water demand and supply for the Richmond City and the Richmond Metropolitan Region through planning period of 2010-2060. It was predicted that the metropolitan area would experience significant water demand increase in order to support rapid population and economic growth in the area. This paper details the City's dedication to protecting in stream water quality for sustainable water supply and to addressing water supply shortage in the region. Seven water supply alternatives were developed and three were selected for further consideration. The selected alternatives enable the increments of water supply capacity to pace with the growth of water need geographically. Comprehensive watershed study and management, efficient water use practices, and water reuse are promoted to alleviate the foreseeable water supply stress in the region.
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Keywords: Water quality; efficient water use; regional water supply alternative; water demand; watershed management

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2010

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