HD70 - Ways to Make Optimal Use of Virginia's Water Resources

Executive Summary:
The State Water Commission is a permanent agency of the Commonwealth directed by statute to (i) study all qualitative and quantitative water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, (ii) coordinate the legislative recommendations of other state entities responsible for water supply and allocation issues, and (iii) report annually its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly (Va. Code § 9-145.8).

The 1998 Session of the General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 236, patroned by Delegate George W. Grayson, requesting the State Water Commission to study ways to make the optimal use of Virginia's waters. The resolution specifically requested an examination of such water supply strategies as water recycling, desalination, wastewater treatment for reuse, and conservation.