Supervisors Weigh Zion Crossroads Water Supply Options
Conversations are brewing in Fluvanna County about how to bring water and economic development to Zion Crossroads.
The Board of Supervisors will discuss two potential options at its meeting on July 3.
"We have to do something regarding water, and we will. We have to bring out what's the best long-term, short- and long-term, deal, if you will, for the county and the citizens of the county," said Fluvanna County Supervisor Joe Chesser.
One option is to move forward with a public hearing on a partnership proposal from Aqua Virginia for providing water from the company's Lake Monticello plant north to the prison and east to Route 15. Chesser says this $20 million option could provide 500,000 gallons of water per day to Fluvanna County. He says this option would also generate money for the county through development fees.
The second option up for discussion on Wednesday is an agreement with the Department of Corrections. Chesser says tapping into water from the prison could provide 75,000 gallons of water per day.
Other potential options floated to bring water to the county are to work with Louisa to run a line from the James River under the Joint Rivanna Water Authority, and to tap into wells near Carysbrook.
Chesser says a combination of the right options could be the full package for Fluvanna County. He says no matter what the board decides, this issue is vital to economic development in Fluvanna.
"It'll allow us to have a little bit better tax base. It would take away perhaps some of the angst for other services because now we work very hard in trying to be fair in how we deal with the other services. The tendency is we try to keep costs down," said Chesser.
Chesser says infrastructure is key to bringing businesses to Zion Crossroads, and bringing water to the area could be the catalyst for growth. He says business growth would generate revenue that would help the county pay for services like schools, emergency services, parks and government building maintenance.
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