- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A report by the state Department of Environmental Quality shows the demand for water in Virginia will increase 32 percent by 2040.

The department released the report Tuesday. The report is a compilation of water needs and plans submitted by Virginia localities.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1IHbehr) reports about $6.1 billion in improvements to water systems will be required over the next 20 years. Many water systems are old and leaking, with some losing up to half of their water to leaks.

The report says new reservoirs will need to be built, while state and local governments will need to do a better job of conserving water and protecting groundwater.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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