Charlottesville-Albemarle's water supply is provided publicly by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (the "RWSA") or privately through wells and other groundwater sources.
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- Main article: Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority
The RWSA is a wholesale agency with only two customers: the Charlottesville Water and Sewer Division and the Albemarle County Service Authority, agencies that serve individual retail customers. These operate and administer the water supply from the following resources:
Water for Charlottesville and its urban ring comes from:
- Sugar Hollow Reservoir, formed by the Sugar Hollow Dam on the Moormans River.
- Ragged Mountain Reservoir, which receives water from Sugar Hollow via the Sugar Hollow Pipeline.
- South Fork Rivanna Reservoir, on the Rivanna River.
Community Water Supply Plan
- Main article: Community Water Supply Plan
The actions of the RWSA and are guided by the Community Water Supply Plan, which must be endorsed by local governments.
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