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Posted on: March 29, 2022

High Bacteria Levels Detected in Pollocks Branch

Water Contamination

March 29, 2022

High Bacteria Levels Detected in Pollocks Branch

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Recent water quality monitoring conducted by the Rivanna Conservation Alliance has detected elevated E. coli bacterial levels in Pollocks Branch in the vicinity of Elliott Avenue and Rockland Avenue.  This situation is being investigated by local authorities to identify and address the problem.

Until further notice, the public is advised to avoid direct contact with the water.  E. coli is a type of fecal coliform bacteria and when it is found in water, it is a strong indicator of sewage or animal waste contamination which can cause disease or illness. Pollocks Branch is a local waterway that flows underground in a pipe from the Downtown Mall Area southward under the IX Art Park, where it daylights just south of Elliott Avenue and continues towards Jordan Park and into Moores Creek.

For additional information regarding this water quality situation, please contact Water Resources Specialist Dan Frisbee at 434-970-3997 or

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David Dillehunt
Interim Deputy Director of Communications
City of Charlottesville

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