Town Choosing Not To Use Mill's Water Supply

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A billion dollar water source is the source of some controversy.

Zach Grandle owns Plains Mill in Timberville was well as the rights to water, which he wants to share with the town of Broadway.

"When I purchased this spring in June, one of my goals was to work with them to try and provide water, to supply the water to Broadway on a long term basis," said Grandle.

However, the town is looking into other options for water.

"He's got a great source, we've looked at it. It didn't work out. About two years ago we moved in a different direction," said Kyle O'Brien, the Broadway town manager.

A direction, O'Brien said, would save the town money.

Grandle's water won't be wasted, as he has other plans.

"Water can be used for irrigation, for use in a business, for municipal supply, bulk water sales. There's a number of things you can use that water for," said Grandle.

"We support his project, we just have to be cognizant of the fact that if there's a well a quarter mile from our water treatment plant, the piping and the infrastructure costs are minuscule compared to the piping, you know it's four miles away, you're almost in New Market where the spring is," said O'Brien.

Broadway isn't in a rush, so they're looking for ground water closer to town.

"Do we need the water tomorrow, next year, two years, three years? No. This is a long term project," said O'Brien.

Even if he can't provide water for Broadway, Grandle still plans to find a way to use what he has.

"To be able to work with the local farmers, for them to use it for irrigation and some of the businesses I'll have here on site, is how I'd like to use it," said Grandle.

Broadway is confident it will find a ground water source to supplement what it already has without using the spring and the town is going to start digging test wells in the next six months. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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