Fluvanna County Considers Water Infrastructure Options
An ongoing issue is bubbling up to the surface in Fluvanna County. The county is considering several options for building water infrastructure. County officers hope the infrastructure will boost business in Fluvanna and broaden the county's tax base - but first, they have to decide which option is best.
Fluvanna County is currently looking at four potential options for county water - trying to decide which option, or which combination would be best for the community.
One option is to run a pipeline from the James River through a permit shared with Louisa County. Another is to partner with Aqua Virginia, which already provides water to Lake Monticello. A third option is an agreement with the Department of Corrections that would send excess water from the women's prison into the rest of the county. The last option is to conduct hydro-geologic studies to determine if wells in Carysbrook could be a water source for the county.
"That's what the Board of Supervisors and our community needs to decide now - which option or set of options best serves our need for water now and in the future," said Fluvanna County Administrator Steve Nichols.
Nichols says the James River Water Authority permit, which is shared with Louisa County, would give the county three million gallons of water per day. The unsolicited PPEA (Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act) Proposal from Aqua, Virginia Inc. could mean 500,000 gallons per day. The Department of Corrections could offer Fluvanna 75,000 gallons per day. The wells require more hydrogeologic studies to determine how much water they can produce, and what kind of treatment would be needed. County officials say solving this problem is a key to growth.
"Our county needs water like other localities do to support homeowners, to support business development, to support any number of things that communities grow with and without public or even private water and sewer infrastructure projects difficult to expand growth farther than just your own private well and septic system in your backyard," Nichols said.
A return on investment study is set to be released to the Board of Supervisors, and then to the public on Wednesday. A public hearing on the public-private partnership with Aqua Virginia is set for August 7 at 7 p.m. at Fluvanna County High School.
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