Who we are

Rivanna is an independent public agency and 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 100,000 customers. We then treat the wastewater so that it can be safely returned back to the aquatic environment. We also provide recycling, solid waste, and hazardous waste disposal services to over 3,000 City and County residents each month.

Employee Appreciation Day 2016

Employee Appreciation Day 2016

Our staff is dedicated to providing an adequate water supply for now and in the future while protecting the natural environment. Drinking water is distributed throughout the community by ACSA, Charlottesville Public Utilities, or by individual property owners’ wells. We then receive all the community’s wastewater, treat it, and safely return it back to the environment in the form of clean water to the rivers for vibrant aquatic life.  We also return nutrients to the soil for plant growth via composting efforts and capture methane to use as green energy.

As the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA), we provide recycling, solid waste, and hazardous waste disposal services to over 3,000 city and county residents each year from our facilities at McIntire Recycling, Ivy Material Utilization Center (MUC), and the Paper Sort Facility on Meade Avenue.  RSWA is funded jointly by the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle and therefore provide services according to the City and County budget allocations.

What is the difference between a Wholesale Water and Wastewater Utility and a Retail Utility?  Find out here!

Brief History

Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) was created in 1972 by the City, County, and the ACSA to provide wholesale water supply, water treatment, and wastewater interception and treatment for the City and ACSA.  RWSA’s initial successes were in obtaining federal and state grants to improve wastewater treatment.  Within the past 10 years, significant capital investment has improved services to the community through a successful 50-year water supply plan and significant wastewater system upgrades, while also focusing on environmental stewardship through initiatives such as improved ecological flow releases from dams to rivers, advanced nutrient removal from wastewater, upgrading wastewater transmission to carry peak capacities during major storm events, and generating compost and “green” energy from wastewater biosolids.

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) was created in 1990 by the City and County to assume operation of the existing Ivy Landfill, which later closed in 1998.  Since landfill closure, RSWA has successfully developed and implemented a remediation program for groundwater surrounding the landfill site, remedying the results of landfill practices from the 1960s through the 1980s that did not meet today’s standards.  In its early years, the RSWA Board also set policy for reuse and recycling of solid waste; however, in more recent years the County and City have each taken back policy setting, and today most solid waste generated within the Charlottesville-Albemarle region is collected and managed by the private sector, with RSWA providing only limited programs requested and funded by one or both local governments.

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If you are a resident of Charlottesville, your water utility can be found at City of Charlottesville Public Works department

If you are a resident of Albemarle County, your water utility can be found at Albemarle County Service Authority

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