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Media and Interested Citizens Get a
"Sneak Peek" at Tunnel for New Rivanna Pump Station

Charlottesville, VA (Thursday, June 11, 2015) – The RSWA held a media event at the construction site where the new Rivanna Pump Station will be located on Monday, June 15th beginning at 1:00 pm. The Authority and its General Contractor are allowing a brief opportunity for the media, local officials, and the public to see the progress of the work. The event allows guests to see the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) within the entrance shaft at Moores Creek Advanced Water Resource Recovery Facility in Charlottesville before it "disappears" into the new tunnel. Once the machine is in the tunnel, the boring machine will be being used to dig an 11 ft. in diameter tunnel over 1600 ft. connecting to an existing pump station in Woolen Mills.

It will take approximately three months to grind through rock and construct the tunnel, but the work will be underground and not visible from the surface.

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RWSA Executive Director Invited to Serve on
Eastern VA Groundwater Management Committee

Witnesses gather at the Sugar Hollow Dam
Tom Frederick, Executive Director of RWSA

Charlottesville, VA—June 22, 2015. Tom Frederick, Executive Director of Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, has been invited to serve on the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Advisory Committee, which was established through legislation adopted this year by the General Assembly. Tom Frederick has been the executive director for RSWA for over eleven years and was chosen to serve on this committee for his expertise in the field of water resource management.

The state legislature has charged this Committee with assisting the State Water Commission and the Department of Environmental Quality in developing, revising, and implementing a management strategy for groundwater in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area.

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"Friends" Witness Increased River Flow

Witnesses gather at the Sugar Hollow Dam
Witnesses gather at the Sugar Hollow Dam.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (Thursday, May 7, 2015) Several citizens who call themselves "Friends of the Moormans River" gathered at the Sugar Hollow Dam at 11:00 am on May 7 to bear witness as the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) increased the flow being released from the Sugar Hollow Reservoir to the Moormans River. This flow increase was a part of a protocol developed locally and made a part of a permit issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality when it approved the expanded Ragged Mountain Reservoir.

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RWSA Launches New Reservoir Management Strategy

RWSA Launches New Reservoir Management Strategy
Dr. Horne and Ms. Terry pose during a break from water quality sampling.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (Thursday, April 23, 2015) RWSA has launched the development of an exciting new strategy to maximize the quality of its drinking water reservoirs. This strategy will be the latest of a multiple-barrier approach to provide superior drinking water to citizens of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville. Dinatale Water Consultants of Boulder, Colorado is assisting RWSA with technical expertise, and the strategy will address all five RWSA reservoirs: Beaver Creek Reservoir, Ragged Mountain Reservoir, South Fork Reservoir, Sugar Hollow Reservoir, and Totier Creek Reservoir.

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Rivanna Employees Recognize Mr. Benz

Rivanna Speaks at UVA ClassCHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (Tuesday, March 31, 2015) The employees of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority recognized the service of Mr. Chuck Benz at a luncheon on March 31 to celebrate his retirement. Mr. Benz retires as the Authority's Assistant Wastewater Manager after nearly 21 years of dedicated service.

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Rivanna Speaks at UVA Class

Rivanna Speaks at UVA ClassCHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (Thursday, February 5, 2015) Executive Director Tom Frederick of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority joined former Albemarle County Supervisor Sally Thomas and Ridge Schuyler, former Director of Piedmont Programs for The Nature Conservancy, in speaking to a "Planning for Non-Profits" class at the University of Virginia on February 3. The topic was a case study on the role of non-profit agencies in the public discussions that led to the decision to expand the community's water supply through a new dam at Ragged Mountain. Students toured the new Ragged Mountain Reservoir site and its new walking trails at the natural area in advance of the classroom discussion.

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Ragged Mountain Dam Wins Honor Award

Ragged Mountain Dam Wins Honor AwardCharlottesville, VA (Friday, February 6, 2015) – The Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority and Schnabel Engineering were recognized as Honor Award Winners for engineering excellence at an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Virginia Gala in Richmond on Thursday evening. The award was presented for the new Ragged Mountain Dam project.

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