Each and every day we work hard to provide you with safe, dependable, high-quality drinking water, and each day a number of water quality tests are conducted to assure that you continue to receive this high-quality water. Your drinking water met or exceeded all regulatory requirements in 2016.
The Albemarle County Service Authority (ACSA) and the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), work cooperatively to ensure that you receive a safe and reliable supply of drinking water. The RWSA collects, stores and treats the water, while the ACSA purchases the treated water and delivers it to you through our distribution system.
The ACSA is committed to providing you, the customer, with this information since informed customers are indeed our best allies. We recently expanded to an electronic distribution of this annual water quality report, and we hope you find it attractive, and easy to read and understand. We encourage you to contact us and tell us what you think of the report; your suggestions on how to improve it are always welcomed. If you wish to receive a “hard-copy” of the report, or to relay your thoughts, please contact Tim Brown at 977-4511 extension 119, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary B. O'Connell,
Albemarle County Service Authority
Your Water Supply and Treatment
Your water is drawn from the Beaver Creek Reservoir, which is within the watershed of the South Fork Rivanna River. The reservoir is replenished by precipitation, stream flow, overland runoff, and groundwater flow. This supply has a low mineral content, is quite “soft” (low in hardness, or scale), and has little of the iron or manganese that is commonly found in the groundwater of this area.
Water is pumped from the Beaver Creek Reservoir to the Crozet Water Treatment Plant (WTP), where it undergoes both physical and chemical treatment processes before being delivered to the distribution system. Sodium hypochlorite is used to disinfect the treated water, and fluoride is added to promote good dental health. The Crozet WTP has a designed daily capacity of 1,000,000 gallons, and in 2015, the plant treated an average of 525,000 gallons per day.
The addition of granular activated carbon filters at the Crozet WTP will further enhance the quality of your drinking water. This will improve the taste and odor of the water, and reduce the likelihood of the formation of chemicals called disinfection by-products (see discussion of contaminants). Construction is anticipated to be completed in July, 2017.
Beaver Creek Reservoir
Photo provided by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority