Roanoke Times
September 2, 1954

Town of Blacksburg, VPI Approve Water Authority

BLACKSBURG, September 1 (Special) - The town Council of Blacksburg and the VPI Board of Visitors today unanimously approved separate resolutions to create a water authority for bringing additional water to the town and campus.

THE STATE Corporation Commission will now be asked to grant papers incorporating the authority.

The new organization had been initially set up in August but today's meeting was necessary under the revised legislation of 1952 to hear any protests against the plan. None were heard today.

Plans are to bring water from the New River at an estimated cost of $1,250,000.

This Blacksburg - VPI agency is the first of its kind in Virginia in which a state institution and a municipality have joined hands on a project.

Town Council also passed a $144,768 budget for the coming year.

Council also voted to give salaried officers of the town a small increase in pay.

Revenue bonds will be sold to pay the cost of the water project, which will include approximately 12 miles of pipe to get water from New River.

Also included in the estimate is a filtration plant to have a capacity of some 3,000,000 gallons every 24 hours.

The present distribution systems of the college and the town will be utilized and the authority will bring water to the two systems. Customers will continue to pay the town for use of water. Both the town and the college will buy their water from the authority.

Estimates today said that it would take two years to complete the project.


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