Friday, July 20, 2012

RA Statement on RELAC

A Statement to Reston Association Members who rely upon the RELAC cooling system

Reston Association is currently actively working on a way to bring immediate relief to our residents who are customers on the RELAC system. It relies on the waters of LakeAnne to air condition about 600 homes along the lake.

We are in an unusual situation, one brought on by extremely high temperatures and drought.

Reston’s first priority is the health  and comfort of our residents. We are keenly sympathetic to those are affected by this situation

We are closely working with Aqua Virginia and Aqua America, the utility company that owns and manages the RELAC system. We are also working with the neighborhood associations most affected by the lower than usual lake levels and high temperatures. The goal is to find an immediate solution, such as adding a temporary second pump, which Aqua Virginia is prepared to do.

A complicating factor is that the private golf course won litigation several years ago, giving the course unfettered access to Lake Anne’s waters for irrigation. This is per the deed of the developer. Reston Association has not been successful in our attempts to work with the golf course management.

Reston Association is working with the affected homeowners to find a way to meet the immediate need. As we focus our attention on the short-term, immediate needs of the community, know that we are organizing a task force of residents and Reston Association staff/leadership to determine the next steps to meet the long terms need. Again, our primary concern is the well-being of our residents.

Thank you,
Ken Knueven, President
Reston Association Board of Directors

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