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Louisa, Fluvanna to Discuss Pipeline Project

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Louisa County is renewing its push to connect Zion Crossroads developments to water from the James River. The pipeline plans fell through nearly three years ago when Fluvanna County backed out of its share of the cost.

The Louisa County Board of Supervisors is calling a joint meeting with Fluvanna's board for Wednesday night. Louisa's members want to know if Fluvanna supervisors are willing to put the pipeline project back on track.

Louisa County Administrator Robert Dubè said, "We want to get it done. We're still committed to do that."

Louisa and Fluvanna counties formed the James River Water Authority to develop the $55 million project in 2003. A 22-mile pipeline would run along Route 15 and connect to Louisa's water supply in Zion Crossroads. The counties agreed to split the cost 50-50 until Fluvanna supervisors pulled the plug in 2010.

Dubè said, "We were ready to go. They decided they couldn't do it, so it basically stopped."

The Louisa County Board of Supervisors is reaching out to Fluvanna's board this week to try to find a way to move forward.

Dubè said, "We're just exploring maybe some different options and seeing if they want to partner with us again."

Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors Chairman Shaun Kenney says the county's willing to take part in the conversation.

Kenney said, "We're very open to see what Louisa has to share, see what they have on their mind. Whatever they decide to bring to the table, I'm sure we'll be very interested in listening at this stage."

But Fluvanna is pursuing other options to bring water to its side of Zion Crossroads. Kenney calls the water authority a more long-term solution.

Kenney stated, "That's something that will resolve for the long term both Fluvanna County and Louisa County's water needs for a generation and beyond."

Louisa's pitching the pipeline as a way for both counties to tap into economic development with no intentions to let the plans dry up this time around.

Dubè stated, "They don't want to give up, and they're not going to give up. We'll make something work one way or the other."

A state permit for the pipeline is still valid. It would allow the authority to pump six million gallons of water per day from the James River.

The two boards are set to meet Wednesday night at 7:00 in Palmyra.

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