Fluvanna’s Potential Water Deal Becomes Clearer

By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

PALMYRA — The county whose name means ‘Anne’s River’ has a lot of water at its disposal.

Fluvanna has potential access to over 4 million gallons per day. When considering agreements with Louisa, it is at least over 2.5 million gallons per day.

The greatest availability is a bit complicated and tied with neighboring Louisa County in the James River Water Authority (JRWA). There are 3 million gallons available but Fluvanna gave the permit to the JRWA which is operated by both counties. Originally the counties decided to evenly split the water allocation.

This system would require construction of intake, water pipeline across the county and treatment facility. Of course, there are mitigating possibilities including usage of Dominion power intake and the East Coast Transport, Inc. (ECTI) raw water pipeline.

Earlier this year Louisa requested to move the intake closer to Columbia instead of Bremo Bluff and construct the pipeline down the Colonial Gas line. This would eliminate the potential of pipes being closer to other Fluvanna growth areas besides Zion Crossroads.

The second largest possible allocation is 500,000 gallons per day with the Aqua PPEA (Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act). That would cost Fluvanna over $18 million over 20 years for 90,000 gallons a day. For the additional 410,000 gallons, it costs $2.95 per 1,000 gallons.

Aqua would treat the water using the current Lake Monticello facility. Sewer would be handled by the Department of Corrections (DOC) in a deal the Board of Supervisors have already authorized. Aqua would own the pipes but Fluvanna would own the service area. The service area would have required hookups. At the full term of the deal could buy the system, negotiate an extension or everything reverts to Aqua.

The agreement with DOC is for extra water capacity and sewer treatment. DOC has an extra 75,000 gallons per day. The water would be treated but Fluvanna would have to construct and maintain the pipeline.

Fluvanna is currently studying the possible usage of wells on the old Thomasville Furniture plant. Estimate production is 250,000 gallons per day.

The wells are being studied for inclusion for the Fork Union Sanitary District (FUSD). FUSD operates purely on wells. The Thomasville plant is located behind Carysbrook.

The ETCI line is owned by a subsidiary of Tenaska. It is raw water line but the available gallons per day is not known by the county. There is also an existing unused intake at the James River of 250,000 gallons per day.

The Fluvanna Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the Aqua PPEA on Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. All documents related to the PPEA are available, as required by the act. The public hearing is scheduled at Fluvanna County High School’s auditorium.

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The Free Enterprise Forum’s coverage of Fluvanna County is provided by a grant from the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® and by the support of readers like you.

bryan-rothamel

Bryan Rothamel covers Fluvanna County for the Free Enterprise Forum.  He is the founder of the Fluco Blog.  Additional writings can be found at www.Flucoblog.com

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