Cobbs Creek Reservoir

Project Status: Underway - Construction

Estimated Cost: $280 million
Start Date: May 2017
Estimated End Date: May 2021

Magisterial District:   Project Located Outside of Henrico

Cobbs Creek Reservoir is the County’s $280 million project to secure its drinking water needs for the next 50 years.  The Cobbs Creek Reservoir is a regional water supply project located on approximately 1800 acres in Cumberland County, Virginia. 

Henrico has completed Phase I of the project, which was acquisition of all the properties.  Staff from both Real Property and Public Utilities worked with 22 property owners to coordinate the purchase of the required property. 

Phase II of the project, in which Colonial Pipeline Company and Dominion Virginia Power are relocating their existing utilities from the reservoir pool to outside the reservoir footprint, has also been completed.  During Phase II, the contractors also completed erecting a communications tower and road system.

Phase III of the project began in October 2016 with the bidding process for the construction of the two earthen dams, the water intake structure in the James River, a pumping station, and other facilities which will support this massive operation.  Construction of the dams and facilities is scheduled to begin in the Spring 2017.

On November 17, 2016, Henrico County hosted a pre-bid conference for the prospective contractors and suppliers to answer their questions about the County’s largest single capital construction project.  Approximately 130 people assembled for this meeting.

On March 2, 2017, sealed bids for the project will be opened and read aloud by the Purchasing Division.  After evaluating these and determining the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, the Board of Supervisors will award a contract for the construction of the project.

Construction of this project is anticipated to be completed in approximately 4 years.

Progress to Date

Utility Clearing – Began in July 2015 and completed in February 2016
Utility Relocation – Began in March 2016 and completed in December 2016

Contact Us

Ed Overmann
(804) 727-8743

Public Utilities

(804) 501-4275
Phone After Hours (Emergency Only)
(804) 501-5025

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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