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Avoid a Fatberg and Join Grease Friday with Bedford Water

11/13/2018

​Don’t let your holiday season be ruined by backed up pipes and emergency plumber bills! Instead, join the Bedford Regional Water Authority and participate in Grease Friday to help save our community pipes.

Fats, rags, oils, and grease going down the drain is a major problem for our area. This can especially become worse around the holiday season with so many grease heavy meals being prepared.

“The term fatberg is now a real term in our society,” said Kandace Carter, Compliance Coordinator. “Fatbergs are massive lumps of congealed fat, wet wipes and other debris that get trapped in our sewer pipes and can literally weigh tons and be larger than buses. The closest known one to us is in Baltimore, where there was over a million gallon sewage spill that even caused toilets to explode with sewer. We want fatbergs to stay far away from our service area and Grease Friday is one step to help avoid that.” 

Thankfully, the Authority is here to help save our pipes in just three easy steps!

  1. Cook and enjoy your Holiday Feast!
  2. Don’t pour your fats, oils, or grease down the drain! Instead, pour them into sealed containers (that the Authority will provide for FREE!).
  3. Bring them to one of the drop off locations on Grease Friday to safely and quickly dispose of your fats, oils, and grease!

Grease Bucket Giveaway: The Authority is giving away free grease buckets on Saturday, November 17 from 8am to noon at the following locations:

  • Forest: Kroger, 15069 Forest Road (off 221)
  • Town of Bedford: Longwood Avenue Shopping Center
  • Moneta: Food Lion, 14807 Moneta Road

Buckets can also be picked up at the Authority’s main office at 1723 Falling Creek Road Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Grease Friday: To dispose of your grease, just bring the bucket back to where you picked it up on Grease Friday (November 25) from 8am to noon.

Not only will this save pipes from being clogged with costly cleanup expenses, but this grease will be recycled! The grease will be donated to a local farmer whose stock see our waste as their feast. By participating in Grease Friday, you are not only helping save your pipes but also help provide for local livestock!​

Reception and Open House for Joint Water Treatment Facility

5/8/2017

Moneta, Va. (May 8, 2017)  An open house and reception will be held on Thursday, May 11th for the grand opening of the Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility. This celebration marks the opening of the first jointly owned and operated water treatment facility in Virginia.

“I’ve watched this project grow from just an idea many years ago, to drawings on paper, to now this magnificent facility that we now can walk through,” said Elmer Hodge, Bedford Regional Water Authority Board of Directors Chair. “This is a project that not only should all parties who were involved in creating this be proud of, but the community as well. This really shows how working together between neighboring water authorities can benefit the region at large.”
 
The event begins at 1:30pm at the facility located at 1500 Radford Church Road in Moneta. The event will be kicked off by speakers by the Bedford Regional Water Authority (“BRWA”), the Western Virginia Water Authority (“WVWA”), and Black & Veatch. The speeches will be followed by a ceremonial water toast and tours of the facility.
The BRWA and the WVWA signed an agreement May 7, 2014 to work together to develop a new water treatment facility at Smith Mountain Lake.  This new facility was designed with expansion capabilities to meet both utilities’ joint water needs through the year 2060.
“This facility helps the community now, and it will continue to be seen as a benefit for the community down the road,” said Donald Davis, WVWA Board of Directors Chair.  “In the future, I feel that people will look back and say that Western Virginia Water Authority working together with the Bedford Regional Water Authority to design and build this facility was a bold decision that enabled future generations and businesses to have the reliable water supply that they need, eliminated duplication of resources and minimized environmental impacts by only constructing one building.”
Under the partnership concept, the two water authorities equally share the ownership and the operation of the new Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility.  This is a 3-million gallon per day treatment facility that can be expanded to 6-million gallons per day within the framework of the new building.
The Regional Long Range Water Supply Plan recommended expanding the treatment and distribution of drinking water from Smith Mountain Lake to meet the growing water needs within the region by 2060.  This new facility will allow for the drinking water and fire protection needs of current and future customer to be met. The reversion agreement for the Town of Bedford also stipulated that the BRWA provide a backup source to the Town of Bedford by December 2016, and this facility meets that need.
The Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility is the culmination of seven years of planning and 19 months of construction. There have been countless meetings, emails, and phone calls the Authorities have shared over the years, pooling ideas and working through differences to come together in mutual agreeance and pride over the water treatment facility that now provides safe drinking water for over 14,500 customers across 1,400 square miles across two large, rural counties and one town.
The facility was constructed as a progressive design/build agreement with Black & Veatch and Overland Contracting.  CHA is the engineering consulting firm that is the local design/build representative for the project.  This project has incorporated the unique experience of creating a facility through a design build team that employed 46 Virginia based contractors that included 190 craftsmen (with over 200,000 hours without accident).  The result is a state of the art water treatment system that is one of only 14 of its type in Virginia.
This membrane plant has 216 modules that each have 10,000 membrane filter strands to provide the unique water treatment capability. The membranes can filter out particles larger than 0.02 Microns.  One Micron is equivalent to one one-thousandth of a millimeter. The facility also houses over 3,000 feet of water pipe, one million feet of electrical and communication wiring, and 100,000 feet of conduit. However, just to get water to the plant from the raw water intake at Smith Mountain Lake, over 13,000 feet of pipe was installed.
The Raw Water Intake is permitted to take 12 million gallons per day from the Lake. Currently, only about two-million gallons a day are needed from the intake to supply the need of the customer base. The process of building the intake was notable, with cranes and divers needed to install the 30-inch diameter screens in the lake which are connected to two 18-inch pipes. Two pumps are also installed in the lake to feed the water from the lake, into the pipes, and up the hill to the treatment facility.
Smith Mountain Lake is a very viable and clean source of water for the region. Thankfully the facility does not need to compete with water needs from recreational users or residents at the lake. More water is actually lost to daily evaporation than what is pumped from the lake for drinking water treatment. The average amount of water lost to evaporation from the lake is 0.23 inches a day, while the lake level is only dropped 0.0011 inches for each one-million gallons a day pumped from the lake for drinking water treatment.  Also, during times of drought there are restrictions put upon water production and usage; this ensures that the water facility and the lake residents are both able to use the water as a drinking water supply and enjoy the lake recreationally.
 Milestones of Project:
·         December 17, 2013 – Entered contract with OCI (Black & Veatch) for Phase 1 Services (Design)
·         May 8, 2014 – WVWA and BRWA sign agreement to jointly own and operate facility
·         December 16, 2014 – Entered contract with GE for membrane purchase
·         July 24, 2015 – Entered contract with OCI (Black & Veatch) for Phase 2 Services (Construction)
·         September 8, 2015 – Groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction
·         December 19, 2016 – Raw Water Intake begins operation
·         April 6, 2017  – Water production begins at plant
·         May 11, 2017 – Reception and open house at new facility

Bedford Regional Water Authority Receives Multiple Awards

5/24/2016

The Bedford Regional Water Authority (Authority) has been presented with four awards this spring to celebrate its achievements in several different key areas: financial, business, website, and consumer confidence report.

“The Authority is honored to receive each of these awards individually, but to collectively receive four in a short period of time is very humbling.  It makes me incredibly proud of our dedicated staff; it is the great effort by our whole team that allows the Authority to excel to these levels,” said Brian Key, Authority Executive Director.

 
The first award received is the Certificate for Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
The second award the Authority received is from Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) as Business of the Year.  This award was received based on the Authority’s continued partnership and for affording CVCC Workforce Solutions the opportunity to support the Authority’s effort towards educating and providing training for its employees.  Not only does the Authority utilize the classes CVCC offers regularly but also works closely with their education department to put together new classes specifically built for the needs of the Authority.
The third award was from the Virginia Rural Water Association (VRWA); they recognized the Authority with the Best Website of the Year Award. The Authority updated its website within the past five years to a more customer friendly, engaging website that provides customers relevant information about the Authority and the ability to pay bills.
 
The fourth and final award was also from the VRWA with the Best Consumer Confidence Report of the Year Award.  The Consumer Confidence Report is a water quality report that the Authority is required to distribute each year to its customers; however, the Authority takes this opportunity each year to not only give customers information about their water quality but also to distribute information about the Authority’s past achievements, future plans, and its facilities.

Waterlines Being Buried for New Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility

3/4/2016

Moneta, VA (March 4, 2016) – Blue pipe is popping up along 122 in Bedford County as the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility and waterline project progresses.

This new pipeline will run along 122 and part of 460 and be served by the new Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility on Radford Church Road.  This will effectively allow the Bedford Regional Water Authority to use water from the Smith Mountain Lake Facility for not only lake residents, but also customers in the Bedford and Forest service areas as needed. 
 
Construction crews will begin steadily laying pipeline along Route 122 in March.  The waterlines are first laid out on the ground where construction crews will then bury the 18-inch pipes.  Most of the pipe is being installed in easements or areas of the right-of-way that are far enough off the road that traffic should not affected. However, in some places along Route 122, the waterline may require installation closer to the roadway necessitating lane closures; drivers may experience some traffic delays between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday in these locations.  Crews are diligently working to ensure drivers are impacted as little as possible.
 
While construction is taking place along Route 122, it will also be taking place along Route 460 between Goode Road and the Town of Bedford; the contractor has multiple crews that will be working simultaneously to ensure that all of the pipe construction is completed by the end December in 2016.
Construction on the water treatment facility and water intake facility are also underway, with work on the building foundations currently taking place.  Construction of the plant and intake facilities are expected to be completed in the first few months of 2017.
 
The facility is being constructed through progressive design/build agreement with Black & Veatch and Overland Contracting, Inc., with CHA Consulting serving as a local design/build representative for the project.
 
The Regional Long Range Water Supply Plan, completed in 2010 in conjunction with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, recommended expanding the treatment and distribution of drinking water from Smith Mountain Lake to meet the growing water needs within the region by 2060.  This new facility will allow for the drinking water needs of current and future customers to be met. To this end, the Bedford Regional Water Authority and the Western Virginia Water Authority signed an agreement May 7, 2014 to work together to develop these facilities and implement this recommendation.
 
Under the partnership concept, the two water authorities will equally share the ownership and the operation of the new Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant.  Initial plans for the new facility, anticipated to be operational by the end of December 2016, are to construct a 3-million gallon per day treatment facility that could be expanded to 6-million gallons per day within the framework of the new building.   The existing facility, owned by BRWA, is a 1-million gallon per day facility of which 400,000-gallons per day are allocated to the Western Virginia Water Authority. 

Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant and Waterline Project

11/13/2015

​Construction on the new Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant and waterlines has now commenced. 

The installation of the raw water pipeline that will run from the Authority’s water intake in the High Point subdivision to the proposed water treatment plant site on Radford Church Road has begun!   A few hundred feet have already been installed. This is the first step in construction of the new project to satisfy the reversion agreement requiring a backup source of water for the Town of Bedford be in place by December 2016. Construction of the finished water pipelines along Routes 122 and 460 is expected to begin in November and be completed late fall of 2016, which will effectively allow the Authority to provide water from Smith Mountain Lake to both Bedford and Forest.

Preparation for construction of the plant has also begun.  Construction trailers are onsite, erosion and sediment control measures are in place, and grading should be starting soon.

With the beginning of construction, the Authority is hosting two public meetings to provide a forum to inform the public about the project and answer any questions.  Meetings will be held at the Bedford Regional Water Authority offices located on 1723 Falling Creek Road on November 19th and December 16th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

The facility is being constructed through progressive design/build agreement with Black & Veatch and Overland Contracting, Inc., with CHA Consulting serving as a local design/build representative for the project.

The Regional Long Range Water Supply Plan, completed in 2010 in conjunction with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, recommended expanding the treatment and distribution of drinking water from Smith Mountain Lake to meet the growing water needs within the region by 2060.  This new facility will allow for the drinking water needs of current and future customers to be met. To this end, the Bedford Regional Water Authority and the Western Virginia Water Authority signed an agreement May 7, 2014 to work together to develop these facilities and implement this recommendation.

Under the partnership concept, the two water authorities will equally share the ownership and the operation of the new Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant.  Initial plans for the new facility, anticipated to be operational by the end of December 2016, are to construct a 3-million gallon per day treatment facility that could be expanded to 6-million gallons per day within the framework of the new building.   The existing facility, owned by BRWA, is a 1-million gallon per day facility of which 400,000-gallons per day are allocated to the Western Virginia Water Authority. 

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Joint Plant

9/8/2015

​A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 8th for the Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility. This celebrated the beginning of construction the first jointly owned and operated water treatment facility in Virginia.


The Bedford Regional Water Authority (“BRWA”) and the Western Virginia Water Authority (“WVWA”) signed an agreement May 7, 2014 to work together to develop a new water treatment facility at Smith Mountain Lake.  This new facility was designed with expansion capabilities to meet both utilities joint water needs through the year 2060.


“This is an exciting project that represents the best that comes from working together to meet the needs of the region.  Expanded treatment and distribution of drinking water from Smith Mountain Lake was detailed in 2010 as part of the Long Range Water Supply Plan, completed in conjunction with the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission.  The BRWA and the WVWA understood that working together on this project would be the best for all customers,” said Harvey Brookins, WVWA Board of Directors Chair.


At the groundbreaking ceremony, representatives from Franklin County, Bedford County, the Town of Bedford, the Western Virginia Water Authority, the Bedford Regional Water Authority, and Black & Veatch spoke about the impact and importance of the project for the region. Throughout all the speeches, the theme of the event clearly surfaced as partnership.


“The new Water Treatment Facility is the heart of the system and the water lines connect our communities.  As important as the facility and waterlines are, the greater good will come from the partnerships that have made this possible.  The partnerships breathe life into this system and give us the ability to think through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” said Elmer Hodge, BRWA Board of Directors Chair.


Under the partnership concept, the two water authorities will equally share the ownership and the operation of the new Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility.  Plans for the facility, anticipated to be operational by the end of December 2016, are to construct a 3-million gallon per day treatment facility that could be expanded to 6-million gallons per day within the framework of the new building.   The existing facility, owned by BRWA, is a 1-million gallon per day facility of which 400,000-gallons per day are allocated to the Western Virginia Water Authority. 


The Long Range Water Supply Plan recommended expanding the treatment and distribution of drinking water from Smith Mountain Lake to meet the growing water needs within the region by 2060.  This new facility will allow for the drinking water and fire protection needs of current and future customer to be met.


The facility is being constructed as a progressive design/build agreement with Black & Veatch and Overland Contracting.  CHA is the engineering consulting firm that is the local design/build representative for the project.

Moneta Elementary School Sewer Project Complete

6/15/2015

​The Moneta Elementary School septic project came to a close on May 29th, just over a year after when talks began about saving the school from closing and connecting to the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (“Authority”) public septic system.

Last summer the decision was made to have the school connect to the Authority’s septic system, with the Authority managing the project and Bedford County covering the estimated $400,000 project cost.  This decision was made due to the failing drain systems at the school.

“This project was uniting for the entire community, showing support for the education system, and doing what it takes to ensure that Bedford County continues to provide a reliable school system for its children,” said Brian Key, Authority Executive Director.

Prior to construction, the Authority had to get various permits, easements, and approval from the Bedford County Planning Commission.  After all the groundwork was laid for the project, the Authority was then able to receive bids from contractors.  Warrco, Inc. was the winning contractor, with a bid of $278,000, coming in well below the estimated $400,000 for the project.

Construction began on January 28, 2015 with the project completion date set 90 days out.  However, the completion date of the project was extended due to weather delays throughout the winter and several scheduling delays.  On May 29, 2015, the school was connected to the Authority’s septic system.  The project came in on budget, saving the County over $100,000 reserved for the connection.  The school will be able to open in the fall with confidence that the former septic problems are history.

Bedford Regional Water Authority receives 2015 Risk Management Performance Award from VML Insurance Programs

5/19/2015

​The Bedford Regional Water Authority (“Authority”) has received a 2015 Risk Management Performance Award from VML Insurance Programs (VMLIP). The authority was recognized Friday, May 15 at VMLIP’s 2015 Annual Meeting held in Glen Allen.

Each year, Risk Management Performance Awards are presented to members with a proactive risk management attitude and commitment, excellent loss experience and reporting time, or a significant improvement in their loss ratios.  The purpose of the award is to encourage and recognize outstanding risk management performance.

“The Bedford Regional Water Authority places a priority on effective risk management and utilizes many resources offered by VMLIP,” said VMLIP Member Supervisory Board Chair John McCarthy. “They have worked closely with VMLIP staff to make safety improvements to the water treatment facility they inherited from the Town of Bedford and ensure the highest risk management standards.”

“Working to ensure the safety of our employees and our community’s water is a priority to the Authority,” said Bethany Shamblin, Authority Human Resources Manager. “We are always working on keeping our facilities and practices as safe as possible while also trying to stay one step ahead and prepare for potential future risks.”

Revised Authority Policy Could Save New Customers Thousands

4/27/2015

​Some customers may find a more money in their pocket as a result of the April 21, 2015 Bedford Regional Water Authority (“Authority”) board meeting.  The board approved changes to a few policies that reduces fire suppression fees for new customers and decreases the turnaround time for deposit refunds.

“We are constantly listening to customers’ concerns and reviewing our policies to see if there is a way to make our processes easier on our customers. We think these policy changes are a positive step in that direction,” said Brian Key, Authority Executive Director. 

Since the Authority began operating in 2013, board members and staff have worked with change requests about policies from its governing bodies and customers. In particular, fire suppression facility fees and deposits have been discussed at length. At the April board meeting substantial changes were made to lessen the financial burden on customers in regards to fire suppression fees and deposit refunds.

2.01 Rate Information: The changes to this policy will effectively reduce the facility fee charges for customers that have large meters solely for the purpose of fire protection. The facility fee chart is shown on page three of the Rate policy. This change in policy can effectively save businesses looking to locate to the Bedford area thousands of dollars in fire suppression facility fees. Potential savings could be from $68,700 to $275,000.

2.12 Deposit: The board had said previously that the Authority should expedite the return of deposits as much as possible.  Changes were made to this policy to allow for that, and also to allow for collecting deposits from customers that are not in good standing. The Authority is in the process of catching up with refunding old deposits and aims to return deposits to customers after twelve months of being in good standing.

These policies are effective July 1, 2015. Other changes in policies were made; however, these policies were more changing policies to match the Code of Virginia or internal policies that do not effect customers as much as the above policies.

Revised Authority Policy Could Save New Customers Thousands

4/27/2015

​Some customers may find a more money in their pocket as a result of the April 21, 2015 Bedford Regional Water Authority (“Authority”) board meeting.  The board approved changes to a few policies that reduces fire suppression fees for new customers and decreases the turnaround time for deposit refunds.

“We are constantly listening to customers’ concerns and reviewing our policies to see if there is a way to make our processes easier on our customers. We think these policy changes are a positive step in that direction,” said Brian Key, Authority Executive Director. 

Since the Authority began operating in 2013, board members and staff have worked with change requests about policies from its governing bodies and customers. In particular, fire suppression facility fees and deposits have been discussed at length. At the April board meeting substantial changes were made to lessen the financial burden on customers in regards to fire suppression fees and deposit refunds.

2.01 Rate Information: The changes to this policy will effectively reduce the facility fee charges for customers that have large meters solely for the purpose of fire protection. The facility fee chart is shown on page three of the Rate policy. This change in policy can effectively save businesses looking to locate to the Bedford area thousands of dollars in fire suppression facility fees. Potential savings could be from $68,700 to $275,000.

2.12 Deposit: The board had said previously that the Authority should expedite the return of deposits as much as possible.  Changes were made to this policy to allow for that, and also to allow for collecting deposits from customers that are not in good standing. The Authority is in the process of catching up with refunding old deposits and aims to return deposits to customers after twelve months of being in good standing.

Other changes in policies were made; however, these policies were more changing policies to match the Code of Virginia or internal policies that do not effect customers as much as the above policies.

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