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 again met or exceeded all regulatory requirements in 2017.
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 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 hope you find this report 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, 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
Your water is drawn from Totier Creek, just prior to entering the reservoir; the reservoir serves as a backup water supply. This is within the watershed of the James River. The water 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 stream to the Scottsville 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 Scottsville WTP has a designed daily capacity of 250,000 gallons, and in 2017, the plant treated an average of 46,400 gallons per day.
The addition of granular activated carbon filters at the Scottsville 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). This upgrade in treatment came online in late February of 2018.
Advanced Treatment Using Granular Activated Carbon