28 April 2015
The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office and public library will need to wait at least another year before anyone is allowed to actually drink the water that comes out of their water fountains and faucets.
On April 8 supervisors voted to push to fiscal year 2017 (FY17) the $45,000 project that would make the water potable, or drinkable, and join the systems together into the beginning of a real water system.
“It’s a shame that we had to put it off,” said Wayne Stephens, director of public works, “but the decision knife has to come down somewhere and this one just didn’t quite make the cutoff for this year. It’s part of doing a hard budget process. I think every department gave up something that they thought was very important to get done in order to try to keep the taxes low.”
Right now the sheriff’s office and the library each has its own well, Stephens explained. Neither of them can serve as a public water system, which is the reason for the prominent “do not drink the water” signs in both buildings.
Stephens wants to bring the wells up to standard for public drinking water, connect the two systems together under a single water permit, add a little storage space and a booster station, and treat the water with chlorine and possibly a filtration system, depending upon the results from water quality tests. The cost for these improvements will hopefully fall below the $45,000 he has estimated, Stephens said.