New Law in Virginia Affects Plans for Installation of Water Works
Under a law recently passed in the State of Virginia, which requires that all plans for the installation of new water works shall be approved by the State Board of Health before work can be commenced, the Board has begun to receive applications for water permits. The new act is designed to protect w-ater users from the possible use of dangerous w-ater supplies, and provides that the State Board of Health shall pass on all plans and order their modification where necessary. In towns where the water supplies are known to be polluted, the Board has authority to order changes required for the protection of the public health, with due appeal to the courts in cases where the orders of the Board are disputed. Under the regulations adopted by the Board, as required by law, an application blank for the installation of water works must be filled out and certified to by the Board and must be accompanied by maps, etc., explaining the nature of the proposed system or change in an existing system. No permit is required for laying distribution mains from existing systems. Health officers regard the law as a distinct advance in the protection of the public health, but point out that its penalties will seldom have to be invoked where plans are carefully drawn.