The Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority gave a presentation on the safety of treating water with chloramines to City Council on Monday night, Courtney Beale reports for Charlottesville Tomorrow. The RWSA recently decided to make the switch in order to comply with federal pollution requirements. Every water purification method has benefits and drawbacks, and people are inherently nervous about what goes into their drinking water. The RWSA selected chloramines over other options primarily because it’s the cheapest option. There are some legitimate concerns about chloramines, and that’s got folks worried, hence the RWSA’s presentation. Whether that presentation changes the anybody’s mind remains to be seen; I’m dubious.
City Council has OKd the fifty-year water-supply plan, Graham Moomaw writes for the Daily Progress, which means that the new dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir is going to happen. Though they voted for a dam a year ago, rather than dredging, it remained to sort out the funding and to fit it into the long-term water plan, and that’s what culminated in this evening’s 3-2 vote. Councilors Dave Norris and Dede Smith voted against it, and Mayor Satyendra Huja, Kathy Galvin, and Kristin Szakos voted for it. Construction should begin in the spring.