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Rivanna recommends water use restrictions are no longer required

As the result of recent rains, reduced demand by the community in response to water use restrictions, operational strategies implemented by Rivanna staff, and cooperative changes authorized by our regulators with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir has been 100% full and overflowing since 7:30 p.m. on November 1.

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors authorized the Executive Director to notify the Albemarle County Service Authority, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and the Charlottesville Director of Public Utilities that water use restrictions are no longer required. The Service Authority, the County, and the City have been notified that a drought emergency no longer exists. The recommendation to rescind mandatory water restrictions will be considered by the Service Authority and Albemarle County on Thursday, November 16, 2017 and by City Council on Monday November 20, 2017.

We will continue to work with the Virginia Department of Environment Quality and our watershed consultant to optimize operational and regulatory procedures and complete any needed repairs of gates and meters located in the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir in preparation for the next period of dry weather. We are now transferring water from Sugar Hollow Reservoir to refill Ragged Mountain Reservoir, which may take four to six months.

We want to recognize and express our appreciation for the efforts by the City, County, Service Authority, and Community to support the water use restrictions since they were requested by Rivanna on October 3, 2017.


A Special Emergency meeting of the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority Board of Directors was held on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. The Board authorized the Chair to declare a Drought Warning which include mandatory water restrictions for the Charlottesville – Albemarle area. These restrictions are being implemented due to the rapid loss of water storage at the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir. The Drought Warning notification has been provided to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, the Albemarle County Service Authority Board of Directors and the Charlottesville City Council, in accordance with the Regional Drought Response and Contingency Plan.

Official Press Release

Rivanna Drought Response and Contingency Plan



RWSA Drought and Mandatory Restrictions Update – October 31, 2017

Drought Update: Presentation from RWSA Board Meeting (October 24, 2017)

Drought Update: Question and Answers (October 24, 2017)

ACSA Frequently Asked Questions (October, 13, 2017)

Fact Sheet (October 6, 2017)

Additional Resources

Rivanna Current Reservoir Levels – Daily Water Report

Community Water Supply Plan

Water Conservation Tips for Businesses (October 16, 2017)

Voluntary Water Conservation Request (October 3, 2017)