Utilities & Infrastructure

Utilities & Infrastructure

Utility rates are below the national average in most cases and providers offer superior service, quick restoration and ease of payment. As Orange County grows, our utility providers grow, too. Orange County's water and sewer capacity greatly exceeds customer demand, creating opportunities for ample growth. The Town of Orange and Rapidan Service Authority (RSA) provides water and sewer service to residential, commercial and industrial customers in the county.

 

Water & Sewer

The Rapidan Service Authority (RSA) includes five systems: the Route 15 and Route 20 water systems, the Gordonsville sewer system, and the Lake of the Woods/Wilderness water and sewer systems. The Route 15 water system supplies water, purchased from the Town of Orange, to customers along Route 15, including the Thomas E. Lee Industrial Park and to the Town of Gordonsville, which then distributes the water to its residents. The Route 20 water system is the smallest system with about 150 customers and provides water from a well to customers near the Orange County Airport. The two largest systems are the water and sewer systems that service about 4,300 customers in the eastern end of the county. Water drawn from the Rapidan River is treated and distributed to communities and businesses along Route 3. Sewer service is also provided in this area and the sewer treatment plant returns water to the Rapidan River.

Rapidan Service Authority: Water & Sewer (1)

  Water Sewer
Lake of the Woods/Wilderness Water & Sewer Systems    
     Inside LOW: Minimum Monthly Charge (0-2000 gallons) $9.16 $39.78
     Outside LOW: Minimum Monthly Charge (0-2000 gallons) $9.16 $32.78
     Rate per 1000 Gallons $3.08 $11.39
     % of Water Usage   90%
     Monthly Non-User Fee $3.00 $17.00
     Availability Fee Per EDU $10,000 $12,500
          Water Treatment Plant    
               Plant Capacity 1.6 MGD  
               Withdrawal Permit 2.0 MGD  
               Normal Day 0.7 MGD  
               Max Day Approximate 1.2 MGD  
               Water Storage 1.5 MGD  
          Wastewater Treatment Plant    
               Plant Capacity   2.0 MGD
               Permitted Flow   2.0 MGD
               Current Flow   1.0 MGD
Route 15 Water System    
     Minimum Monthly Charge (0-2000 gallons) $13.20  
     Rate per 1000 Gallons $5.10  
     Availability Fee Per EDU $10,000  
     Town of Gordonsville Wholesale Rate $3.83  
Route 20 Water System    
     Minimum Monthly Charge (0-2000 gallons) $7.72  
     Rate per 1000 Gallons $2.36  
     Availability Fee Per EDU $10,000  
Gordonsville Sewer System    
     Minimum Monthly Charge (0-2000 gallons)   $16.66
     Rate per 1000 Gallons   $6.83
     % of Water Usage   90%
     Availability Fee Per EDU   $10,000
Summer Conservation Surcharge (All Water Systems)    
     Water billed for usage over 6000 gallons (Jul-Oct) Additional $1.00/
1000 gallons
 

 G = gallons; GPD = gallons per day; MGD = millon gallons per day

*Lake of the Woods pay an additional $7.00 per month for vacuum sewer system.

Town of Orange: Water (2)

Reserve Storage 3,000,000 G
Production Capacity 2 MGD
Current Use 1.3 MGD
Surplus Available 700,000 GPD
Rates In Town Out of Town
Commercial Base Rate $13.20 + .40/100G $64.90 + .66/100G
Industrial Base Rate $45.10 + .40/100G $187.00 + .66/100G
Institutional Base Rate $48.40 + .40/100G $96.80 + .66/100G

G = gallons; GPD = gallons per day; MGD = million gallons per day

Town of Orange: Sewer

Rated Capacity 1.5/0.75 MGD
Average Daily Demand 0.72 MGD
Surplus Available See note below*
Rates In Town Out of Town
Commercial Base Rate $64.29 + .40/100G $131.95 + .66/100G
Industrial Base Rate $146.38 + .40/100G $363.51 + .66/100G
Institutional Base Rate $189.26 + .40/100G $216.51 + .66/100G
*The Town Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) currently operates under a seasonally varying permit limit.

Town of Gordonsville: Water (3)

Use Type  
RSA meter 1st 1,000G (base rate) $34.44/1,000G
RSA meter over 1,000G (unit rate) $8.12/1,000G
Bulk water sales (potable water) $1.51/100G
Rates In Town Out of Town
Residential/Commercial, 1st 1,000G (base rate) $21.51/1,000G $34.44/1,000G
Residential/Commercial, over 1,000G (unit rate) $5.41/1,000G $8.12/1,000G
Industrial, 1st 1,000G (base rate) $26.51/1,000G $44.22/1,000G
Industrial, over 1,000G (unit rate) $5.41/1,000G $6.76/1,000G

G = gallons; GPD = gallons per day; MGD = million gallons per day


(1) Rapidan Service Authority Rates Effective (10/31/12)
(2) Town of Orange, VA, Official Website, Utility Fees
(3) Town of Gordonsville, VA, Official Website, Taxes and Fees Schedule (05/19/14)


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