RWSA Approves Extension of Gasoline Engine Waiver for Rowing Teams
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia Rowing Team and Rivanna Rowing Club can spend another two years on the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir with gasoline engines.
Tuesday afternoon the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority board approved a waiver extension at its meeting in Charlottesville.
The city and Albemarle County have prohibited those types of engines from the reservoir which is why the waiver is needed.
Now the team can use gas powered engines for safety and coaching launches until August 2021.
"We like to try to keep our source water as clean as possible. Everything goes through the treatment plant, so anything that happened - gas spills or any kind of pollutants - are filtered and cleaned out, said Katie McIlwee of Rivanna Authorities Communications. "But the more gas powered boats, the higher the risk of leaks on the reservoir and we'd like to eliminate that as much as possible."
UVA is researching the use of affordable electric engines and how to pay for them.