LOW receives treated water and sewer service from Rapidan Service Authority. Rappahannock Electric Cooperative provides electricity. Local phone service is available from Verizon, and cable television service from Comcast. Satellite dish service is permitted with ECC oversight and approval.
Rapidan Service Authority (RSA)
RSA provides high quality water to our community, and testing results are reported to members yearly. On occasion, residents may experience brown water, low pressure and air in the lines when lines are flushed to perform standard maintenance. This is not a cause for concern. Members are notified of the flushing schedule in advance in Lake Currents, on Channel 18 and via email. if you experience persistent brown water that does not appear to be part of the regular maintenance schedule, please contact RSA directly.
The LOW vacuum sewer system is an older system that is currently being upgraded. Homeowners are asked to treat the system with consideration by not flushing the following substances down drains or toilets: non-biodegradable materials (non-flushable wet wipes or diapers), plastics, chemicals, grease, wax and personal hygiene items. Such items can block and/or destroy lines or render valves inoperable, causing a major overflow into your yard and/or backup into your home or a neighbor's.
If you experience an overflow or backup in your sewer system, contact RSA immediately.
Trash and Recycling Services
Trash service is provided by Orange County at the LOW Compactor Center on Shoosmith Road directly across from Veterans Memorial Dam. To use the compactor, members must have proper ID, such as a valid LOWA barcode or membership card. Services at the Compactor Center include recycling of clear, brown and green glass, PETE #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum and tin cans, newspapers/magazines and cardboard, which must be broken down.
Trash Compactor Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday 7:30am to 7pm; closed Wednesdays
Saturday 8am to 5pm
Sunday 9am to 5pm
Individuals who leave trash at the Compactor Center gate after hours are subject to fines.
Leaves and tree limbs no larger than two inches in diameter may be disposed of, without any plastic bags, at the end of Nine Point Nine Road, adjacent to the Campground. The LOWA Maintenance Department converts this material into mulch that is available to residents at no charge. Residents may also leave Christmas trees at this site for mulching. An alternative for lakefront property owners is to submerge trees near their docks to provide fish habitat.
Used motor oil and antifreeze can be left at the Maintenance Department Friday from 8am to 3pm.
Weekly trash pickup serivce is available for those who need this service. To make arrangements, please ask the General Manager's office for the name and phone number of the current provider.
Large household items should be taken to the Orange County landfill on Porter Road in Orange for disposal whenever possible.
Every property in LOW is assigned a US Postal Service mailbox at one of the mail delivery stations in the communty. Delivery is by street address, not box number. The Association office assigns mailboxes to new residents. Keys and replacment keys are issued by the Locust Grove Post Office, which is located on Route 3, just east of the front entrance to LOW. The lobby is open 24-hours a day for self-service. A branch post office is also available at the Locust Grove Exxon station and convenience store on Route 20.
Emergency Serices (Fire and Rescue)
Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc. serves LOW. Staff is on-call 24-hours a day. The firehouse and rescue squad facilties are located adjacent to the front entrance of LOW.
Volunteers are always needed who are willing to learn to drive emergency vehicles or undergo EMT and emergency assistance training. Some opportuntities are also open to teenagers who want to serve the community.
An annual fund drive is held to help finance the purchase of new and replacement equipment, maintain facilities and provide training. Fire and Rescue sponsors weekly Bingo games and the Fourth of July Festival, and offers the booklet, The Fascinating History of Lake of the Woods, proceeds from which help support its work. They also publish and sell the Lake of the Woods Directory, a telephone directory exclusive to LOW that includes valuable information for residents.
Places of Worship
There are many churches and places of worship representing many different religions within a short driving distance of LOW. The Lake of the Woods Church is located inside the communtiy. It is not affiliated with any denomination and welcomes people of all faiths.
There are two hospitals located within 20 miles of LOW: Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg and Culpeper Regional Hospital in Culpeper, both accredited.