While nature provides us water– for making coffee, fighting fires, taking showers, or building bridges– we also need pipes, pumps and equipment and people to make that happen! We keep the water running 24/7 with our team of water operators, engineers and maintenance...Read More
The New Ragged Mountain Dam was completed in 2014 and has won state and regional accolades for its excellence. Upon filling, useable water storage capacity will be over 1.5 billion gallons. This is a popular spot for naturalists, hikers, fishermen, and kayakers. Thanks to a...Read More
As a water utility and handler of solid waste and recycling, environmental stewardship is a central part of our work at Rivanna. We recognize that we must serve human needs while protecting the natural environment. Water-wise, we collect water at Nature’s source from our...Read More
The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) is committed to providing the recycling, solid waste, hazardous waste disposal services to 3,000 city and county residents every month. These services are provided at the request of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle...Read More
This water infrastructure is largely invisible. Out of sight, out of mind. Well, not for us. We have a round-the-clock operators and engineers who do everything from routine safety checks to engineering multi-year projects that will increase the capacity of our pipes, enhance...Read More
We keep the water running
Rivanna is a wholesale water provider with almost 90 employees. We provide clean, safe, high-quality drinking water to the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County Service Authority’s over 120,000 customers. We then treat the wastewater so that it can safely be returned back to the aquatic environment. We also provide recycling, solid waste, and household hazardous waste to over 3,000 residents a month.
To keep the high-quality water running and reliable, we continue to upgrade our infrastructure, capacity and add advancing technology to meet the needs of our customers. Check out our community project pages for the latest on Schenk’s Greenway; the New Rivanna Pump Station; the Odor Control project; the new Ragged Mountain Dam; and more!
The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) is committed to providing recycling, solid waste, and hazardous waste disposal services specifically requested and funded by the City of Charlottesville and/or Albemarle County for city and county residents. Thanks to citizen recyclers and our source-separated method at McIntire, we achieve over 98% recycling rate with little or no contamination!