Water Quality


The Radford Army Ammunitions Plant opened in the 1940s, making arms and propellants for the military and creating jobs in the region.

When it was built, the Arsenal as it’s known, was miles from population centers, but not anymore.  New communities have sprung up in recent years. And concerns about pollution by the plant have also been growing.

Virginia Household Water Quality Program

There’s no argument about the fact that any amount of lead in drinking water is unsafe. 

No matter how much, it’s too much, of this potent neurotoxin. 

But lead has been showing up in well water tests around Virginia. About a fifth of the state’s residents get their water from wells.

Lead does not occur naturally in Virginia’s groundwater, instead, it’s a problem of civilization, namely, indoor plumbing. 


Aug 26, 2014

Analyzing water is a complicated business.  It can contain any number of pollutants and require a variety of regulations to clean it up, but the state of Virginia is using a simpler approach – letting nature determine water quality, and asking citizens to help.

On a sunny weekday afternoon, four people arrive at a one-lane bridge northeast of Charlottesville, unpacking a car loaded with mysterious gear – nets, gloves and waders, a table and chairs.  They could easily be mistaken for picnickers.  In fact, they’re on a more serious mission.

Tom Hindman/Getty Images via NPR

Scientists at Virginia Tech say a chemical that contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia early this year, is more complex than previously known.  A new study may explain why a telltale smell persists, after officials declared the water safe to drink, more than two months ago.

Coal Ash Spill Affects Virginia and North Carolina

Feb 7, 2014
Lynchburg News and Advance

We’ve told you about a coal ash spill in Eden, North Carolina that’s worked its way into the Dan River in Danville.  Officials with Duke Energy, the company in charge of the spill, along with state and local officials, have conducted tests on the drinking water there.

Duke Energy officials will be giving an update to Danville City Council members Friday at 1pm.