Rivanna Pump Station

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The Rivanna Pump Station is a booster station operated by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority that supplies the Moores Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant with untreated sewage via a 2,600 long 36-inch diameter force main. The station was built between 1979 and 1981, and has a capacity of 24.5 million gallons a day, as of 2011. A design for a new location further upstream is currently being designed by the firm Hazen and Sawyer. [1]

Ground breaking for the project was on November 12, 2014: [citation needed]


The pump is located at the corner of Chesapeake Avenue and Riverside Avenue in Charlottesville's Woolen Mills neighborhood[2].


The RWSA is planning to expand the station's peak capacity to 53 million gallons a day as part of a collaborative effort with the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County to reduce the amount of stormwater that infiltrates the regional sewer system. [3]

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality entered into a consent order with the RWSA mandating that a location for a new station be selected by December 31, 2011. [4]

The firm Hazen and Sawyer was hired to serve as the engineering consultant. [5]

Four sites were initially considered for the upgraded pump station and each has a preliminary “concept level” cost estimate:

  • Concept A ($25 million): upgrade the pump station at its existing location
  • Concept B ($29 million): up the Rivanna River in Riverview Park
  • Concept C ($37 million): downstream near the old Woolen Mill and Moores Creek
  • Concept D ($34 million): across the Rivanna River below State Farm Insurance[5]

However, residents of the Woolen Mills' neighborhood were concerned the expansion will increase odors in their community. [2]

City Council supported their concerns and expressed their opposition to Concept A in March 2011. Instead, they indicated their preference was for Concept D [6]. However, the ACSA and the Board of Supervisors said they wanted the RWSA to leave Option A on the table. [7] [8]

However, at the April 2011 meeting of the RWSA, the board of directors voted 4-1 to direct Hazen and Sawyer to further evaluate Option C after representatives from State Farm Insurance said they had plans to expand parking at their facility in the option D location. [9]

However, Option C proved to be very expensive. At the May 2011 meeting of the RWSA, Hazen and Sawyer was directed to study options A, D and a hybrid E option which would involve driving a tunnel to the wastewater treatment plant. [10]

A public meeting was held on October 20, 2011 to discuss the options with members of the community. [11] Woolen Mills neighbors showed up and patiently waited as architectural renderings of an option were presented to show how the structure could be designed to have a low impact on their neighborhood. However, all members of the Woolen Mills Neighborhood Association were present and indicated they would fight option A for as long as they had to. [12]

Listen to the Oct. 21 meeting:

<play audio>http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/files/20111020-rwsa-pumpstation.mp3 </play audio>

City Council voted against Option A and officially designated Option E as their preference in November. The RWSA Board voted just a few days before the DEQ deadline to selection Option E. However, all of the county's representatives on the board voted against the option because they felt it was not cost effective. Supervisor Kenneth C. Boyd said the city should pay the full cost-differential for the more expensive option. [1]

Hazen and Sawyer has been retained to produce a final design. [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Web. Divided RWSA votes to move sewer pump station from Woolen Mills, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 29, 2011, retrieved December 29, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Smell you later? Woolen Mills closes its nose to expanded treatment station, Brian Chidester, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, retrieved January 4, 2011.
  3. Frederick, Thomas L. STATUS REPORT: ON-GOING PROJECTS. Rep. Vol. April 27, 2010. Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority. Web. 27 Apr. 2010. <http://www.rivanna.org/documents/agendas/agenda_apr27_2010_doc6c.pdf>.
  4. 5.0 5.1 Web. Woolen Mills residents voice concerns about sewer pump station project, Brian Wheeler, February 17, 2011, retrieved February 18, 2011.
  5. Web. City Council wants sewer pump station upgrade to occur outside Woolen Mills neighborhood, Sean Tubbs, retrieved March 21, 2011.
  6. Web. County sewer authority wants all options on table for new pump station, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 18, 2011, retrieved March 18, 2011.
  7. Web. [County wants Woolen Mills option on table for Rivanna Pump Station http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2011/04/pump-station-update.html], Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 7, 2011, retrieved April 7, 2011.
  8. Web. Site selected for study for sewer pump station, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 27, 2011, retrieved April 28, 2011.
  9. Web. Report on Ongoing Projects, Thomas Frederick, RWSA Executive Director, Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority, July 26, 2011, retrieved July 22, 2011.
  10. Web. Executive Director's Report, Thomas L. Frederick, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, retrieved September 23, 2011.
  11. Web. Woolen Mills residents want new sewage pump station out of their neighborhood, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, retrieved December 29, 2011.

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