10 November 2015
Water is on its way to Zion Crossroads.
Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 4) the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors narrowly approved a $431,000 agreement with Dewberry Engineers, Inc., to design a Zion Crossroads water and sewer system.
The system will pump up to 75,000 gallons per day of water from the Department of Corrections facility on Rt. 250 to Zion Crossroads, ending slightly down Rt. 15 south. It will include water and sewer lines, a sewage pump station, and an elevated water storage tank.
The entire cost of the project is estimated to be about $7.1 million.
Not all supervisors are on board with the project. Supervisors Don Weaver and Bob Ullenbruch voted against the agreement.
Bringing water to Zion Crossroads could stimulate business development in the area, which could in turn lessen the tax burden on homeowners by increasing the business tax base. But not everyone thinks water at Zion Crossroads is a good investment. “[Just] because we put a pipe in the ground, 18 months from now, it doesn’t mean the tax rate’s going to drop,” said Ullenbruch.
Though Weaver said he prefers this water project to another that would pipe water out of the James River, he expressed reluctance to take on more debt. “We have limited our ability by the debt that we have taken on in the past,” he said. “In other words, you take on so much debt that you can’t do something on down the road that you might want to do more. I am extremely reserved about this whole thing… When are all those customers going to come? That’s what I want to know… This is speculation.”