Associated Press - November 29, 2010 8:35 AM ET
MATOACA, Va. (AP) - The Appomattox River Water Authority is looking for ways to increase Lake Chesdin's capacity.
The Progress-Index reports that siltation, the river's unreliability as a water source and faster-than-expected growth in demand are hampering the lake's ability to supply water to Petersburg, Colonial Heights and surrounding counties.
Options under consideration include dredging, building a dam on a tributary of the river to create a "side-stream" reservoir and raising the height of the existing dam.
A consulting firm said in a 2003 report that raising existing dam's height by 3 feet would increase the lake's storage capacity by about 4 billion gallons.
Information from: The Progress-Index, http://www.progress-index.com