Fairfax Water Elects a New Chairman
September 7, 2006
For only the fifth time in its nearly 50-year history, Fairfax Water elected a new Chairman - Philip W. Allin of the Sully District - at its regular meeting held September 7, 2006.
"I look forward to continuing the long tradition of fiscal and environmental stewardship Fairfax Water has built over the last 50 years," said Chairman Allin. "I also look forward to continuing our efforts to provide high-quality drinking water and reliable service to our rapidly growing Northern Virginia communities." Allin, a 14-year veteran of the Board of Directors of Fairfax Water, has also served as Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of the Board. Allin and his family are residents of Centreville.
"As a Member of the Fairfax Water Board, Phil Allin has overseen the many improvements that have taken place to provide county citizens the best water service in the region at the lowest cost. I was very happy to hear the news, and I am confident that he will do an outstanding job as Chairman of Fairfax Water," said Supervisor Michael Frey upon hearing the news.
Fairfax County Water Authority (Fairfax Water) is Virginia's largest water utility, serving one out of every five Virginians who obtain their water from public utilities. More than 1.3 million people in the Northern Virginia communities of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Alexandria depend on Fairfax Water for superior drinking water.
Chartered in 1957 by the Virginia State Corporation Commission as a public, non-profit water utility, Fairfax Water operates water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 270 million gallons per day. The plants include the Corbalis Treatment Plant, operating on the dependable and free-flowing Potomac River in the northwestern area of Fairfax County, and the Griffith Treatment Plant on the impounded Occoquan River in the southeastern area. Water is distributed throughout Fairfax Water's service area through nearly 3,200 miles of water mains.
Fairfax Water produces, on average, 148 million gallons of water per day. More than 235,000 mostly residential accounts in Fairfax County comprise about 60 percent of total water sales. Approximately 40 percent of total water sales are wholesaled to Loudoun and Prince William Counties, the City of Alexandria, the Town of Herndon, Ft. Belvoir, and Dulles Airport. Revenues in 2005 were $120 million.
Fairfax Water is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors composed of Fairfax County citizens who are appointed by the elected Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County. A General Manager, supported by a senior staff of engineering and business professionals, manages the day-to-day operations of Fairfax Water.
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