Drinking Water

Beaker of Water
Checking drinking water collected at South Fork Reservoir

Water is essential for everything we do in life — from making a cup of coffee, to fighting fires, to producing life-saving medicine, and even to building bridges.  Rivanna takes great pride in providing clean, safe drinking water for Charlottesville and Albemarle County citizens.  Our dedicated, licensed water treatment professionals work around the clock to provide adequate quantities of superior quality water.

Rivanna collects water from nature’s source for our community water supply at seven locations. We have 3.3 billion gallons of raw water which resides in our reservoirs and our total finished water storage is 10.2 million gallons.

Before reaching your tap, sediment, bacteria, and other impurities must be removed and is therefore treated at each of our water treatment plants. This is done through a complex, multi-step process of coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection. Fluoride is added to support good dental health and a corrosion inhibitor is added to reduce the corrosion of pipes and plumbing fixtures.

Learn more about the Water Treatment Process here

Meet your Water Operator here


Water Quality

We take almost 2,000 samples to ensure the quality of water we deliver to ACSA and the City complies with all federal and state guidelines.  We also convene a monthly taste and odor panel throughout the warmer months.  Members of Rivanna, the City Public Works department, and the Albemarle County Service Authority sample drinking water samples to ensure high quality drink water. Read more here at our Water Sampling and Analysis page.

In 2014, we enlisted DiNatale Water Consultants to study our water storage reservoirs as part of an effort to protect and improve the water quality of these water bodies. To find out more about our reservoir water quality and management study visit our Reservoir Study page!

City resident’s link to 2016 Water Quality Report (released May, 2017)

County resident’s link to 2016 Water Quality Report (release May, 2017)

Find out more about US EPA Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline is 1-800-426-4791 or visit the EPA’s website.

RWSA, ACSA, and the City Public Works published this Joint Statement on Lead in Drinking Water.

Rivanna Water and Sewer is a long-standing member of the American Water Works Association and the Water Research Foundation.

On average, we provide 9.6 million gallons per day to the urban water system. Our day of highest demand in 2016 was 13.4 million gallons on September 15, 2016. We maintain 67 miles of water lines.

 

Ragged Mountain Reservoir

Sugar Hollow Reservoir

South Fork Reservoir

North Fork Rivanna River Intake

Beaver Creek

Totier Creek

Lickinghole Creek

In 2014, we enlisted DiNatale Water Consultants to study our water storage reservoirs as part of an effort to protect and improve the quality of these water bodies. To find out more about our reservoir water quality and management study visit our Reservoir Study page.

Interested in our community water supply?  Click here for our Community Water Supply Plan documents.

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