Swartz Engineering Economics
Swartz Engineering Economics is a research firm based in Stuart, Virginia. They were hired by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) to review the demand analysis used in the community water supply plan adopted in 2006.
Demand analysis review
The Swartz report concluded that a permanent reduction in demand occurred after the 2002 drought, but population increases will drive consumption in the future. The analysis addressed a major question raised by the City Council about the accuracy of the 2004 demand analysis prepared by engineering firm Gannett Fleming. The water plan was originally approved in 2006 with a price tag of $142 million but has been the subject of contentious debate over costs and design ever since.The engineering company also concluded that the 2004 demand analysis was conducted using sound engineering principles.
However, the report also recommends that the RWSA establish a new demand goal of 18.45 million gallons a day for the year 2060, a lower figure than that set by Gannett Fleming in 2004.
- Web. Demand analysis review finds long term water needs largely unchanged, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 20, 2010, retrieved September 30, 2010.