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Appomattox River Water Authority
About the Authority
The Authority completed construction of the reservoir, treatment plant, and pipelines in late 1967 and began delivering water to the customers in January 1968. The original treatment plant had a rated capacity of 22 million gallons per day (MGD) and two expansions have increased the capacity first to 46 MGD in the early 1980s and then to 96 MGD in 2007.

The authority participates in the Partnership For Safe Water program which is sponsored by the American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of Water Companies, and the Water Research Foundation.

The drinking water quality standards for participation in this program are stricter than the regular standards of either the EPA or the Virginia Department of Health. ARWA is one of only two water plants in Virginia that has received the Directors Award for compliance with these standards for ten or more consecutive years.
  • Authority Makeup / Size: Five members
    • County Administrator from each locality represented; Executive Director of Dinwiddie Water Authority & Executive Director of Appomattox River Water Authority
  • Meeting schedule
    • Meets third Thursday each month (Schedule)
    • 2:00 pm
  • Term: Four years
  • Paid: N/A

Current Membership
Board of Directors
  • Dr. Joe Casey, County Administrator, Chesterfield County
  • W. Kevin Massengill, County Administrator, Dinwiddie County
     -  Term expires November 30, 2016  
  • Thomas L. Mattis (Chairman), City Manager, Colonial Heights
  • Percy C. Ashcraft, County Administrator, Prince George County
  • William E. Johnson, III (Vice-Chairman), City Manager, Petersburg

  • Robert B. Wilson, P.E., Director, Dinwiddie County Water Authority
             - Term expires November 30, 2016
  • Robert C. Wichser, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Executive Director, ARWA & SCWA

Contact Us
Robert C. Wichser, PhD, P.E. BCEE
Executive Director of Appomattox River Water Authority

Ph: (804) 590-1145

21300 Chesdin Road
Petersburg, VA 23803
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