Fairfax Water provides its customers with reliable and abundant water of exceptional quality at a reasonable price.
Fairfax Water aspires to remain a respected industry leader, upholding its customers’ trust by providing water of exceptional quality and reliability, at a reasonable price, while supporting the high quality of life and economic vitality of the region.
Chartered in 1957 by the Virginia State Corporation Commission as a public, non-profit water utility, Fairfax Water is governed
by a 10-member Board of Directors composed of Fairfax County
citizens and appointed by the elected Fairfax County Board of
Supervisors. A general manager, supported by a staff of 440
water professionals, manages the day-to-day operations of
Fairfax Water has the lowest commodity rate in the Washington
metropolitan region and is one of only a handful of water
utilities in the country to receive an AAA rating from the top
three financial rating services.
The Virginia Department of Health regulates Fairfax Water’s
water quality according to regulations established by the
Environmental Protection Agency and based on the Safe
Drinking Water Act passed by the U.S. Congress.
Fairfax Water is Virginia’s largest water utility and one of
the 25 largest water utilities in the country, serving one out
of every five Virginians who obtain their water from public
utilities. Nearly two million people in the Northern Virginia
communities of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Fort Belvoir,
Herndon, Dulles, Vienna, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax
City depend on Fairfax Water for superior drinking water.
Fairfax Water provides water that is treated at four different
locations. Fairfax Water owns and operates the two largest
water treatment facilities in Virginia with an average daily water
production of 163 million gallons and combined maximum
capacity of 376 million gallons per day. The James J. Corbalis
Jr. treatment plant is at the northern tip of Fairfax County and
the Frederick P. Griffith Jr. treatment plant is on the southern
border of Fairfax County.
Fairfax Water also purchases water from the McMillan and
Dalecarlia treatment plants in Washington DC. They are part
of the Washington Aqueduct, owned and operated by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers.
Fairfax Water draws raw water from two primary sources:
the Potomac River and the Occoquan Reservoir, which is fed
by the Occoquan River. The four treatment facilities feed an
interconnected distribution system that includes 3,971 miles of
water mains, 28,827 fire hydrants, and 97,683 valves.
Strategic Plan 2020
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