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Water quality levels have returned to normal in Meadow Creek

Post Date:08/26/2019 5:26 PM
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August 26, 2019

Water quality levels have returned to normal in Meadow Creek

Water safety precautions lifted near Meadow Creek Gardens Park

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Staff from the City of Charlottesville, the Rivanna Conservation Alliance and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality have completed a further assessment and additional testing of the water quality on Meadow Creek between Meadow Creek Gardens Park and the John Paul Jones arena. As of Monday morning, August 26, 2019, water quality levels have returned to normal in Meadow Creek and as a result the water safety precaution has been lifted near Meadow Creek Gardens Park.

Working with staff at the University of Virginia, officials determined that the source of Thursday's fish kill was the result of a contaminated construction pit near Massie Road on the former U-Hall site that had water pumped from it on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. According to UVA officials, rain water had mixed with concrete dust and had been pumped into into the stormwater system which discharges into Meadow Creek.

Water quality monitoring was performed last Thursday and Friday at several locations by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. This testing showed very high pH and conductivity levels in Meadow Creek in the vicinity of the John Paul Jones Arena, but relatively normal levels in the Meadow Creek Gardens Park.

The recent abundance of rain in the area has helped flush out the contamination. There is no impact to the city's potable drinking water system as Meadow Creek does not feed into the reservoirs.

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