Bedford Co. to Pull More Water From SML

Bedford Co., VA - A lot more drinking water could soon be coming out of Smith Mountain Lake.

The Bedford Regional Water Authority has been issued a permit from the state to pull up to 12 million gallons per day from the lake.

The authority thinks only 6 million gallons a day will be needed to eventually provide water to Forest and New London.

The county currently buys water from Lynchburg for those areas.

The plan won't be a done deal until citizens have the chance to comment or request a public hearing with the Department of Environmental Quality.

This could affect water rates in Lynchburg.

Stay tuned for more on that tonight on ABC 13 News at 11.