The Louisa County Board of Supervisors agreed at a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 30 to install a T line for Fluvanna County in its project to pipe water from the James River to somewhere near Ferncliff. The board determined the cost could not exceed $40,000.
Willie Gentry (Cuckoo district supervisor) voted against the measure. He said that Fluvanna County should be responsible for paying its own portion for construction of water lines up to the T line.
“Anything less than that, I’m not going to agree to,” Gentry said. “They should be paying their fair share.”
According to County Administrator Robert Dubé, the entire cost of the project is estimated at $40 million, including installation of a treatment plant.
The cost to add Fluvanna’s T line would be $20,000 to $30,000 if the raw water pipelines remain at 24 inches in diameter from Columbia to Ferncliff. However, should there be a need to increase the pipe to 30 inches, the cost could be as much as $5.5 million more.
With 24-inch lines, Louisa County could draw anywhere from five to six million gallons of water per day.
Gentry asked whether a document exists that spells out that withdrawal of water would be divided on a 50/50 basis between the two counties. County Attorney Michael Lockaby said that the Department of Environmental Quality will determine the withdrawal permit amounts for the two counties based on a showing of need.
The existing permit that Louisa County holds allows for up to 5.7 million gallons per day. Lockaby indicated that the permitted amount will likely be higher to accommodate Louisa’s needs over the next few decades.
In addition, Lockaby said that Fluvanna County will have to determine the location of its T line during the design stage.
To read the entire story, see the Oct. 3 edition of The Central Virginian.