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Charlottesville, VA Water Quality Report

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Sources Of Drinking Water in Charlottesville, Virginia

Where does Charlottesville get its water from?  City of Charlottesville water comes from 2 reservoirs: South Fork Rivanna River Reservoir: located off Route 29 north and is the primary water source for the City of Charlottesville. This reservoir is filled primarily from Mechums and Moormans river. In 2002, it was estimated to have the potential to store 800 million gallons of raw water supply. 

Ragged Mountain Reservoir: located near US Rt 250 Bypass at Interstate 64. It was expanded in 2014 and now has the potential to store approximately 1.5 billion gallons of usable water supply. When Sugar Hollow Reservoir is full, it has water flow to the Ragged Mountain Reservoir. The water from this reservoir is used primarily by the University of Virginia. . Is Charlottesville's water safe to drink?

Source: City of Charlottesville, Virginia

Contaminants Found in Charlottesville's Water Supply

(Detected above health guidelines)

Chromium (hexavalent)

Chromium (hexavalent) is a carcinogen that commonly contaminates American drinking water. Chromium (hexavalent) in drinking water may be due to industrial pollution or natural occurrences in mineral deposits and groundwater. Read more about chromium (hexavalent).

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

Trihalomethanes are cancer-causing contaminants that form during water treatment with chlorine and other disinfectants. The total trihalomethanes group includes four chemicals: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform. 

Potential Health Effects of Consuming These Contaminants

Health risks of Chromium (hexavalent) in excess of the health guidelines

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.02 ppb for chromium (hexavalent) was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

Health risks of Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) in excess of the health guidelines 

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.8 ppb for trihalomethanes was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a draft public health goal, the level of drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

Contaminant Levels Compared to Other Regions

Chromium (hexavalent)

 - Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

 - National: 0.782 ppb

 - State: 0.120 ppb

 - Charlottesville, VA: 0.494 ppb

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

 - Health Guideline: 0.8 ppb

 - State: 27.9 ppb

 - National: 23.4 ppb

 - Charlottesville, VA: 39.3 ppb

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