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Middle Peninsula may see stricter groundwater laws

by Larry S. Chowning

The potential scarcity of Middle Peninsula drinking water had a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) official and Middlesex County Supervisors discussing the future of groundwater management on January 2.

Scott Kudlas, the director of water supply for DEQ, said DEQ is considering creating a groundwater management area that would include Middlesex and other Middle Peninsula counties in an attempt to curtail rapid groundwater depletion throughout the region.

A few Middlesex citizens have voiced opposition to the proposal to create a management area because it would require more stringent regulations for community wells in housing developments that use 300,000 gallons or more of water per month.

The management area, however, would have no impact on individual homeowners who drill their own wells, Kudlas said.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county or subscribe to an online PDF subscription.

posted 01.09.2013

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