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Did you know: In the course of a year, the average residence in America uses 107,000 gallons of water; that it takes 1,500 gallons to process one barrel of beer; that 24 gallons are needed to make one pound of plastic; or that Henrico County’s water tower on Cox Road holds two million gallons of water?

In Henrico County, the range for water tower size is between one million and three million gallons per tank. The sizing is ultimately decided based on two factors: customer demand and fire-flow demand. Fire flow is defined as the amount of water that should be available for providing fire protection throughout a community.

The gargantuan tower on Cox Road was constructed in 1988 and is utilized every day as a crucial part of Henrico’s water system. The area of the county that receives water from this tower is known as the “Three Chopt Central Zone,” which encompasses almost the entire area extending between the Goochland and Hanover county line and Route 33 and Staples Mill Road.

This jurisdiction and two million gallon capacity serve as very telling indicators: we’re talking about a lot of water. But to comprehend just how much water we’re talking about, Henrico’s Director of Public Utilities Art Petrini provided this fun fact: the volume of water within the tower is enough to allow for roughly 175,000 showers!

– Katie Conklin

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New law paves way for delivery robots

Having your groceries delivered by a robot sounds like something out of The Jetsons, but that prospect is not as futuristic as you may think.

For the second year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a law to legalize the operation of autonomous vehicles. Beginning July 1, “electric personal delivery devices” will be allowed to operate on sidewalks and other shared-use paths throughout Virginia.

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Virginia schools must soon test for lead in water

With the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia will be required to test their potable water for lead.

Senate Bill 1359, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law on March 20, seeks to ensure that local school boards test the drinking water in schools and that it meets federal guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that the level of lead not exceed 15 parts per billion. > Read more.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has announced its officers and Board of Directors for the 2017–18 fiscal year. At-large Board members include: Anne B. Hagen, CPA, of Masonic Home of Virginia in Henrico. The officers and directors were sworn in at the VSCPA’s annual business meeting on May 16 in Williamsburg. > Read more.

Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA. > Read more.

State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

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The film “The Magnificent Seven” (PG-13) will play at 7 p.m. June 2 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 3 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491. Full text

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