Virginia American Water statement re: I-85 paint spill

Earlier today, a tractor-trailer overturned along I-85 in Petersburg, causing latex paint to spill into Lieutenant's Run Creek. The creek flows into the Appomattox River, the source of water supply for the city of Hopewell, as well as the subdivisions of New Birchett Estates, Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek West, Strattford Woods and Mullberry Woods in Prince George County.

We want to assure our customers that our operations have not been affected and our treated water continues to meet or surpass federal and state drinking water standards.

We are working with environmental and health regulators to monitor the situation. We, along with the City of Hopewell, are monitoring the conditions of the river near Virginia American Water’s Appomattox River intake, and are ready to adjust our operations if needed.