Options studied to boost Lake Chesdin's capacity

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

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