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4A I NEWS The Virginia Gazette Feb. 25, 2009

Council wants the water, not trouble

3 don’t want to explicitly back reservoir

By Steve Vaughan
WILLIAMSBURG —Three members of
City Council who opposed going on the
record in support of the King William
Reservoir hope to send Newport News
Waterworks a message.

“If we have any clout, which I doubt we
do, I think we’d all like to get Newport
News to think about some other options.
They’ve been so fixated on the reservoir,”
said Judy Knudson.

People were scratching their heads as to
why the sudden arms-length over a reservoir
embraced by all the relevant localities.
Knudson’s election may have tipped the

She feels that lower demand for water
on the Peninsula in the future has raised
questions if the reservoir is really needed.
She admits that Williamsburg does need
more water, since Waller Mill Reservoir
is inadequate during a drought.

Waterworks does not appear to be
considering any other options
besides King William.

“As I said to a friend of mine,
‘This is where the tree-huggers
hit practicality,’” Knudson said.
“Newport News is the only game
in town. You have to provide
water for your citizens. It’s a public
health issue. At the same time, I think
we’d like to tell Newport News that they
should look at other ways of going about

Knudson, Paul Freiling and Vice Mayor
Clyde Haulman objected to a provision
that would have placed the city on the
record as supporting the reservoir per
“I’m not in favor of the King
William Reservoir,” Haulman
said. “And I’ve voted against it

Freiling asked city attorney
Joe Phillips to go back to
Newport News Waterworks and
renegotiate the agreement substituting
support for some unspecified
new source of water rather than specifically
for the King William basin.

Phillips said he would do that, but that
Waterworks had insisted on the language if
Williamsburg is to get 2 million gallons a
day in perpetuity for $25 million.

The city is planning to fund the first
payment with a $10 million bond issue
and $2.5 million in cash from the utility

Expansion of the Waller Mill Reservoir,
as proposed by some people, won’t solve
the city’s water problems, according to city
manager Jack Tuttle.

Digging Waller Mill deeper or wider
won’t change how much water flows into
it from Queen’s Creek.

“It won’t change your supply. It could
change your capacity, how much water
you can store before it tops the dam,” he
said. “But that’s not our problem. It’s
extremely rare that water goes into the
spillway. It comes in and we use it.”

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