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Utilities/Public Works Notices

Courthouse Road Water Tank 

The Courthouse Road Water Tank is being refurbished and repainted.  Crews will be working on the tank for the next few months; therefore, you will see activity on and around the tank.  

Water and Sewer Design and Construction Standards Manual Update

The Spotsylvania Utilities Department has completed an update to the Utilities Water and Sewer Design and Construction Standards Manual (DSM)Policy Document, PD 19 – 01, has been added to Section 6 of the DSM allowing the use of grinder pump stations for temporary installations.  The document outlines the criteria for use as well as the standard details for design. 

Spotsylvania County Utilities Water and Sewer Design and Construction Standards Manual (link)

Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing

Spotsylvania County Department of Utilities will be performing sanitary sewer smoke testing to locate defects in the sanitary sewer system .  During smoke testing, residents may see non-toxic smoke coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground around sewer mains.  Smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dry drain traps.  If you have seldom-used drains, please pour water in the drains to fill the traps.  For more information on smoke testing and what to expect, click on this link:  Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing.  

Crews will be working in the following areas:

Starting mid-December 2018 through April 2019, smoke testing will take place in areas surrounding Four-Mile Fork, Courthouse Road, Hood Drive, Lansdowne Road, and Tidewater Trail.  These areas are displayed on the map below and the attached map.  In the month of February 2019, the crews will be working in the Route 2/Tidewater Trail area between the Bowman Center and Mansfield Club.  

Ni River Reservoir Aeration System Installed

On Monday, December 3, 2018, the Spotsylvania County Utilities Department will commission an aeration system at the Ni River Reservoir in order to improve water quality.  While the aeration system is not visible from the shoreline, the air that it produces will be visible as fine bubbles when the system is in operation.  This is normal and not a cause for concern.  A photo of the system in operation can be found below:

 

Harrison Road Convenience Center:  Suspension of Commercial Brush/Leaf/Landscape Debris Collection

Effective Thursday, September 13, 2018, the Harrison Road Convenience Center (5917 Harrison Road, Fredericksburg, VA) will suspend collection of commercial brush, leaves and landscape debris at the facility.  Residential brush and leaf collection will continue.  This change is in response to the limited ability to safely handle and store high volumes of materials at this site.  Commercial users are defined as those customers delivering brush/leaves/landscape debris by means of mechanical dumping (dump trucks, box trucks, dump trailers) and vehicles clearly associated with a related commercial business (trucks with advertisements, trailers with multiple mowers, multiple site visits within 24 hours, etc.).  Commercial customers may still bring brush, leaves, and landscape debris to the Livingston Landfill (6241 Massey Road, Spotsylvania, VA).

Spotsylvania County Utilities Water Meter Upgrades

Spotsylvania County Utilities (SCU) is dedicated to providing the most efficient and safest water service possible.  Over the next 24 months, our partnered installation Contractor will be installing automated smart meters throughout SCU's service area.  Smart Metering (Link)  Here is the Project Information Bulletin (PDF).  Should you have any questions about smart metering, please contact SCU's Customer Service department at (540) 507-7300, option 1.   

Utilities Contacts for the Development Community

Spotsylvania County Department of Utilities/Public Works contacts for new development and initial planning, construction inspection and site plan review.

Companies Providing In-Home Water Sampling

It has recently come to our attention that some neighborhoods within Spotsylvania County Utilities (SCU) service district are being offered free in-home water testing. Sample vials with literature are being dropped off offering free water tests. These vials and literature are not being distributed by SCU employees, but are being delivered by a private company selling in-home filtration units. Public water supplied by SCU to your home must meet stringent federal and state regulations. SCU provides water that meets or exceeds all federal and state regulations for over 113 listed potential contaminants including lead and bacteria. Please take a moment to review our Annual Water Quality Report for more information.