Water Reuse Project Ribbon Cutting


May 15, 2013

Irene Haske
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
703-324-5821 or 703-324-5500, TTY 711

Water Reuse (Reclaimed Water) Project Ribbon Cutting to be held May 22

The media is invited to attend the water reuse/reclaimed water ribbon cutting ceremony at the Noman M. Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant (NMCPCP) on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. at 9399 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA. Please present your press passes at the gate.

Reclaimed water is wastewater that has been thoroughly treated to remove harmful organisms, bacteria, viruses and heavy metals. The water is extensively filtered and disinfected. This water is not intended for drinking but is safe to use for other purposes such as watering golf courses and ball fields, and for some industrial applications. Continuous monitoring and testing takes place to ensure the water meets or surpasses strict state and federal requirements for reuse.

A pipeline was installed from the NMCPCP in Lorton to Covanta Fairfax Resource Recovery Plant, to the Laurel Hill Golf Course and to the Lower Potomac Park. The Covanta Resource Recovery Plant processes household trash into energy. The plant uses up to 1.3 million gallons of water per day in its cooling towers.  The Laurel Hill Golf Course and the Lower Potomac Park use the reclaimed water for irrigation.

Benefits of the reclaimed water project include:

  • valuable drinking water is conserved: as the demand for drinking water increases, using reclaimed water allows drinking water to be used for its intended purpose
  • reduces the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen that would otherwise enter the Chesapeake Bay
  • reduces the use of fertilizers that would otherwise pollute the Bay: reclaimed water contains small amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous that can provide some nutrients for vegetation when used for irrigation
  • earns money for the county: revenue generated by selling the reclaimed water reduces the county’s cost of wastewater treatment

More information about the Fairfax County water reuse project may be seen here: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/wastewater/water_reuse/ and www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/publications/wastewater/water_reuse.pdf




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