Meadowcreek Interceptor

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Meadowcreek Interceptor
map of Meadowcreek Interceptor
Type wastewater pipeline
Owner RWSA

The Meadowcreek Interceptor is a 24" sewer pipe that follows Meadow Creek west to east through the City of Charlottesville as part of a pipe network leading to the Moores Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The interceptor is under the jurisdiction of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority and construction is underway for an expansion to 36". This project must be finished by March 31, 2012 in order to comply with a consent order from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. [1]


In wastewater terminology, an “interceptor” is a major transmission line by which sewage is carried to the wastewater treatment plant.


Metra Industries of New Jersey was awarded two of three contracts for the overall project. Construction begin in 2010. Work began at the site of the former Meadow Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and also at the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing near Greenbrier Park. However, Metra is behind schedule. [2] [3]


The existing Meadowcreek Interceptor was placed into service in the 1950’s, and RWSA officials say it needs to be replaced with a pipe that can carry up to five times its normal capacity after storms. Every time there is a large storm, the Moores Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is pushed to capacity due to the amount of stormwater that gets into the pipeline.

The firm Greeley and Hansen was retained to study the entire interceptor system, and the Meadowcreek was selected to be rehabilitated first.


  • March 2008: RWSA Board approves $25.6 million budget for project[citation needed].
  • March 17, 2009: The newly-formed Alliance of Neighborhoods held a community forum to discuss the project[4].
  • March 23, 2009: RWSA Board authorizes spending up to $52,000 to develop landscaping plan[5]
  • October 8, 2009: RFP for project issued by RWSA.
  • November 16, 2009: City Council holds first reading of resolution to grant easements[6]
  • December 7, 2009: City Council holds second reading of resolution to grant easements
  • December 2009: RWSA Board revises estimate to $20.75 million due to lower construction costs[citation needed].
  • April 1, 2010: RWSA issues a Notice to Proceed to Metra Industries[7]
  • April 9, 2010: RWSA issues RFP for landscape restoration contract[8]
  • March 31, 2012: Project must be complete in order to comply with DEQ consent order. [1]


  1. Web. [ Status Report: On-Going Projectsurl=], Thomas L. Frederick, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, April 26, 2011, retrieved April 28, 2011.
  2. Web. Report on Ongoing Projects, Thomas Frederick, RWSA Executive Director, Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority, July 26, 2011, retrieved July 22, 2011.
  3. 'Citizens and officials discuss Meadowcreek sewer interceptor', 23 Mar. 2009. Charlottesville Tomorrow. 23 Mar. 2009
  4. Tubbs, Sean J. "RWSA Board authorizes landscaping plan in path of Meadowcreek Interceptor." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 24 Mar. 2009. Web. 14 Dec. 2009. <>.
  5. Ashworth, Tarpley. "City Council poised to grant easements for Meadow Creek sewer line." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. Web. 14 Dec. 2009. <>.
  6. Frederick, Thomas L. STATUS REPORT: ON-GOING PROJECTS. Rep. Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority. Web. 23 Apr. 2010. <>.
  7. Frederick, Thomas L. STATUS REPORT: ON-GOING PROJECTS. Rep. Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority. Web. 23 Apr. 2010. <>.