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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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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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