Water Conservation


Every Drop Counts

Conservation Measures

For information on conservation measures please click on the proper link below:
>> Charlottesville City residents click here.
>> Albemarle Country residents click here.

The Role of the RWSA

Rivanna serves the community by safeguarding our most precious resource: water.  This includes doing our part to take water conservation steps wherever possible in our operations.Most of our water-savings opportunities were identified in the wake of the 2002 drought.

Moores Creek alone saves over 1.5 million gallons each year by capturing this effluent and using it for a variety of non-drinking uses within the facility.  This helps to preserve the existing drinking water supply and thus helps us better steward the community water supply.

In the water department…

  • We maximize filter run lengths.
  • We refined our sedimentation basin cleaning process.
  • South Fork Reservoir Treatment Plant recycles all water used in the plant.
  • Observatory Water Treatment Plant recycles water used in the plant.

In the wastewater department…

  • We use recycled non-potable use water for our cooling and hot water needs.
  • We wash down our tanks with recycled water.
  • We lubricate our pumps and centrifuge.
  • The use of effluent water reduced potable water consumption at the facility by approximately 98%.  The facility went from using an average of 44,000 gpd in 2002 to 500 gpd in 2003. These conservation efforts continue as standard practice today.

In the administration building…

  • We retrofitted old plumbing fixtures with low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce the need for water.
  • RWSA does not have an irrigation system in place for landscape watering.
rain barrel

Rain Barrel

Rainwater Harvesting Information – city and county

Toilet Rebates – city and county