Each and every day we work hard to provide you with safe, dependable, high-quality drinking water, and extensive water quality testing is 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 Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), work cooperatively to ensure that our customers receive a safe and reliable supply of drinking water. For the Red Hill system, the ACSA collects, treats, stores, and distributes this potable water supply to you.
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
The Red Hill Waterworks is supplied by groundwater from a well located within the community. The well extends to a depth of 500 feet, is cased to a depth of 63 feet, and has a tested yield of 29 gallons per minute, far in excess of the water supply needs of your community.
The waterworks is permitted by the VDH for a design capacity of 6,800 gallons per day based upon the estimated usage by the elementary school and the residents. A reserve is maintained in a 10,000 gallon storage tank. Disinfection of the water is achieved by chlorination with sodium hypochlorite, and corrosion control involves the use of a blended orthophosphate/polyphosphate solution. Each of these treatments is injected directly into the well discharge line and prior to the storage tank. The water is not fluoridated.
Your water is an extremely “soft,” low mineral content supply with no detectable iron or manganese, the latter situation being quite unusual for groundwater in the Central Piedmont of Virginia. The nitrate concentration indicates minimal impact from agricultural use of fertilizers in the vicinity. Radioactive compounds, and disinfection by-products (called TTHMs and HAAs) from the use of chlorine, are well below the regulated maximum contaminant levels. The trace concentration of two volatile organic compounds (VOCs), apparently originating from the inner coating of the water storage tank, were again somewhat higher in the summer sample, but continue to slowly decline. No VOCs were detectable in the raw (untreated) well water.
More specific information may be obtained by contacting Tim Brown at 977-4511, ext. 119.