Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Sharon Grove McCamy, Lee District Supervisor

August 18, 2003

Staff Lead:


Talmage Reeves , Director

Economic Development


Water and Sanitation Authority  (WSA) Implementation Plan to Develop a Public Water System in the Opal Service District

Topic Description:

At a work session on January 21, 2003, the Board of Supervisors approved the development of an Implementation Plan for the Opal Service District, as proposed by the Economic Development Advisory Council, Utilities Task Force.  The Board requested that the Water and Sanitation Authority (WSA) prepare a proposal to include estimated costs of developing a water system to serve the Opal Service District.  The Board of Supervisors/WSA Liasion Committee reviewed the Implementation Proposal and recommended it be forwarded to the Board as a Work Session Agenda item.  If approved, the WSA estimates the project will take approximately 2 1/2 to 3 years to complete at an estimated total cost of $4.3 to $5.2 million.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider approving the Phase One Hydrological Study of the Opal Service District as recommended in the WSA Implementation Proposal. 

Financial Impacts Analysis:

The proposal recommends developing funding sources utilizing the same format as was developed   for placing sewer in the New Baltimore Service District, as approved by the Board in the January 25, 2000 Sewer Construction Funding Agreement between the Board of Supervisors and the Water and Sanitation Authority (WSA).  Within the 2000 Agreement, the County obtained a loan from the Virginia Resources Authority to provide financing for the Sewer Project to the WSA. The WSA established a Debt Service Reserve comprising Advanced Water Availability Fees and grants in aid, to be used in repayment of the loan to the County (Section A-2. County Funding Obligation, paragraphs A-C, Sewer Construction Funding Agreement).  The Phase One Hydrological Study, to be completed prior to any formal funding agreement, is estimated to cost approximately $200,000. 

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Water and Sanitary Sewer Authority

Economic Development Department

Community Development Department

Finance Department