The James River Water Authority (JRWA) secured approximately $9 million in bond proceeds from the Virginia Pooled Financing Program to provide for the long-term raw water needs of Fluvanna and Louisa Counties. JRWA plans to use these funds to construct a water intake structure on the James River, a pump station, a pipeline from the intake facility to a point close to Route 6 (near Columbia) and a "T" connection that will ultimately send water to both localities. JRWA would operate as a wholesale raw water provider and owner of the related infrastructure improvements.
This project, which is included in the comprehensive plans for both Fluvanna and Louisa, is considered critical to the long term water needs of both jurisdictions. The proposed JRWA project will allow Louisa to pursue a planned waterline expansion project, which would transport raw water from the JRWA intake to a new water treatment plant to be constructed near Ferncliff. This will enable the county to serve certain areas that are critical to its continued success, including Zion Crossroads, an area designated for future economic development efforts. This project will help Louisa unlock the important job growth potential of this part of the county. In Fluvanna, areas that currently rely exclusively on wells will benefit from this project by gaining a reliable, long-term water source.