Appomattox River Water Authority Board of Directors Meeting, Thursday, March 21, 2024-Board Package


The Appomattox River Water Authority (ARWA) provides safe, clean water to customers in Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George Counties, and the Cities of Petersburg and Colonial Heights, Virginia, from facilities located next to Brasfield Dam, at Chesdin Reservoir, in south-central Virginia.

The ARWA website provides information on water treatment at ARWA’s treatment facility, information on public tours, and a virtual plant tour. Please see the calendar page for the next public meeting. Thank-you!

What We Do

How does water treatment work? A brief introduction to the process.


Tips and facts about how you can do your part to keep our water supply clean.


Useful tips and links to learn about the industry and the way they operate.

Our History

The Appomattox River Water Authority was formed in the 1960s to own/operate a regional water supply and sell drinking water to the cities of Colonial Heights and Petersburg as well as Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George Counties. The Authority completed construction of the reservoir, treatment plant and pipelines in late 1967 and began delivering water to the customers in January 1968.

The original treatment plant had a rated capacity of 22 million gallons per day (mgd) and two expansions have increased the capacity first to 46 mgd in the early 1980s and then to 96 mgd in 2007.

ARWA Receives Prestigious Awards

The Authority has received a “50” Years of American Water Work Association Member and Service to the Water Industry Award.

The Appomattox River Water Authority (ARWA) received two prestigious awards: The Commonwealth Of Virginia Department Of Health 2013 Excellence In Waterworks Operations/Performance Award and The American Waterworks Association 15 Year Director’s Award.

Chesdin Reservoir
Daily Status Report
Date: 4-23-2024
Units Readings
Chesdin Reservoir – Pool Level inches (ft) 1.0 (0.083)
Route 602 – USGS#02040892 cfs 689
Matoaca – USGS#02041650 cfs 873
ARWA Production cfs (mgd) 65.0 (42)
For an explanation of these terms, click here

Contact Info

Appomattox River Water Authority
21300 Chesdin Road, S Chesterfield, VA 230803
Phone: (804) 590-1145 | FAX: (804) 590-9285

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