People often ask us about our company's name. Many from the Blue Ridge are familiar with Thomas Jefferson's River Anna, now called the Rivanna River. The Rivanna is a 42 mile tributary of the James River in central Virginia. The Rivanna Reservoir is the source of drinking water in Charlottesville, where our company was founded in 2001.
We do our best to minimize water consumption. Since moving to our new location in Richmond in 2018, we have replaced all the old toilets in our building with new water-efficient toilets that are certified through EPA's WaterSense program. We also installed timers for our outdoor landscaping and asked our landscapers to keep watering to an absolute minimum. Over time, we plan to convert the turf grass in front of our building to native plants.
In February, 2019, we completed Phase I of our conservation landscaping plan. With a grant from the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program, we converted the corner of our parking lot to a conservation garden. This involved removing the impervious surface and sub-grade aggregate, preparing the soil, and planting native vegetation generally best adapted to our soil and climate conditions. Our expectation is that, in addition to adding natural beauty while minimizing the need to use more water for landscaping, this conversion will also help minimize non-point source runoff pollution.