MONTROSS, Va. — Virginia’s groundwater supply is under increasing pressure in the Northern Neck and Tidewater regions, and some say the water table is dropping.

The Free Lance-Star reports ( ) that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is addressing the problem by getting its biggest users, which include the International Paper mill in Franklin, the city of Chesapeake and Colonial Williamsburg, to draw fewer gallons as new permits are issued. Regulators are also concerned about increased demand from residential wells.

On the Northern Neck, contractors who drill wells say they now have to dig 130 feet instead of 100 to find standing water. Users say the water is lower quality and has too much salt as the underground aquifer faces greater demand.

Information from: The Free Lance-Star,

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