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Pipe peeve: RWSA diverts Sugar Hollow water
Published on Jun 12th, 2013
5 comments Since the 1920s, Charlottesville's purest water has flowed downhill directly from the Sugar Hollow Reservoir via a 13.5-mile cast-iron pipeline. The mountain water is so pure, in fact, that the...
Off the table: Four boards foreswear chloramines in water
Published on Jul 26th, 2012
6 comments Charlottesville's latest water controversy ended in unusual unanimity July 25 when the Board of Supervisors and City Council, plus the two water boards, rejected the use of chloramines in the...
FLAWS- Tripled rates, spun numbers, and Conservancy conflicts: Why the war on dredging slogs on
Published on Jul 28th, 2011
138 comments Just when you thought it was safe to save the reservoir, the war against dredging it has reached flood stage. Waterworks director Tom Frederick– perhaps rattled by a yank of his permit to build...
'Ballparking' RWSA: Record low water use and record high RFP?
Published on Jun 26th, 2011
49 comments In the long-running tragi-comedy over the local waterworks' desire to avoid dredging its main reservoir and instead build a sparkly new reservoir, two factoids emerge from the pages of the upcoming...
Driver on trial: Waste authority witness faces extortion charge
Published on Dec 8th, 2009
15 comments Richard W. Kendrick seen here in a January 1993 inmate photo. PHOTO COURTESY VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS The star witness in the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority lawsuit against recycling...
Departing Fern: Misses engineering, might affect plan
Published on Dec 3rd, 2009
11 comments Gary Fern, the director of the Albemarle County Service Authority, the body that provides tap water to Albemarle citizens, says he's leaving to take a position with an engineering firm. "I got to a...
$249,000 skiddoo? Pipe study eludes elections
Published on Oct 22nd, 2009
12 comments RWSA director Tom Frederick has enjoyed the support of his board, including Charlottesville Public Works director Judy Mueller. FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Despite a request from a prominent critic...
Candidate Fenwick satirizes dredge studies
Published on Oct 13th, 2009
1 comments With local governments preparing to spend six-figure sums just to study dredging the silt-choked Rivanna Reservoir, independent City Council candidate Bob Fenwick has satirized the consulting process...
Free studies: Firm, Fenwick urge market dredgings
Published on Oct 2nd, 2009
14 comments Council candidate Bob Fenwick and Blue Ridge Sand principal Mitch King urge market solutions. PHOTOS BY HAWES SPENCER A politician's press conference touting the benefits of mud and a five-year-old...
Hard path: Waterworks to approve new firm, new spending
Published on Sep 21st, 2009
43 comments Schnabel made the finals in 2007 but was originally passed-over by the now-fired Gannett Fleming. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Despite the plea of Albemarle County's own water resources expert to follow a...
Dredge wedge: Firm late, wants nearly $700K
Published on Aug 25th, 2009
27 comments The Rivanna Reservoir, built in 1966, has been silting in. Instead of dredging, the waterworks wants to build a new one. PHOTO BY SKIP DEGAN Waterworks director Tom Frederick told his board today...
Water use at record low for July
Published on Aug 23rd, 2009
17 comments Despite a rising population and a one-third increase in customers over the past 10 years, the trend toward lower usage has hit a new low for July, what is normally one of the year's most water-hungry...
Can kicked? Waste decried as dredge study firm named
Published on Aug 7th, 2009
49 comments With chair Mike Gaffney in the background, RWSA director Tom Frederick, foreground, defends his dam July 28. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER The Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority has just chosen a Nebraska...
Down 22%: Water thrift backfires on RWSA
Published on Jul 27th, 2009
23 comments Both City and County pay citizens $100 each to replace their toilets with new low-flow models. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Local households appear locked in a decade-long pattern of lower water...
More spending: Rivanna moves past Gannett Fleming
Published on Jun 25th, 2009
11 comments The outrage that put City Councilor Holly Edwards (left) and County Supervisor Sally Thomas (right) onto the Rivanna board last month didn't stop the planned highway-hugging mega-dam pushed by chair...
Eight firms want to show us how to dredge
Published on Jun 19th, 2009
7 comments Eight firms responded by the June 17 deadline to compete for the contract to provide a major how-to guide on dredging the silt-packed Rivanna Reservoir, according to Rivanna Water & Sewer...
Dollar short: Dredging study advances... on City tab
Published on May 19th, 2009
12 comments Citizen Richard Lloyd urges a newly-expanded RWSA board to dredge its main reservoir. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Nearly a year after it first tried to obtain the services of consultants to find out how...
Unblocked reservoir? RWSA may okay dredging study
Published on May 14th, 2009
33 comments Albemarle County Service Authority board member Liz Palmer and Supervisor Sally Thomas contend that dredging won't supply enough water. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Over a year after newspaper reports...
Prescribed logic: Water/sewer rates set for 11-12% hike
Published on Feb 23rd, 2009
22 comments Sally Thomas (left) handed over an official dredging report while Dede Smith offered a "minority report." PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Declining useage means that local water bills are getting a double-...
Story archive - Hook water supply articles
Published on Nov 1st, 2008
2 comments The dream of providing a 50-year water supply has been controversial, as Hook water articles demonstrate. This page also includes links to official and other documents linked by these stories....
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