Wastewater Collection Division Featured as Case Study on EPA Web Site

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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Jan. 18, 2005

Fairfax County's Wastewater Collection Division
Featured as Case Study on EPA Web Site

The Fairfax County Wastewater Collection Division’s sewer maintenance practices are featured as a case study on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site. The case study about the county can be found at www.epa.gov/npdes/sso/virginia.

The EPA highlights the division, a part of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, because the county is following techniques based upon the agency’s suggested sewer management framework. In fact, the county began implementing its re-engineered approach in 1995, before the EPA rolled out its recommended practices.

The federal agency is encouraging localities to adopt a framework of sewer maintenance and management techniques, called Capacity, Management, Operation, and Maintenance or CMOM for short. CMOM aims to help localities eliminate sewer backups and overflows, extend the life of its sewer system assets, increase customer satisfaction, and improve system rehabilitation and diagnostic methods.

In accordance with CMOM, the county implemented new operations and maintenance procedures. Rehabilitation projects focused on trunk lines, sewer mains, manholes and pumping stations.

The county’s 3,200-mile sanitary sewer system contains 64 pump stations, 280 grinder pumps, 53 permanent flow meters, and 11 rain gauges. The system collects an average of 100 million gallons of wastewater per day and delivers it to five treatment plants.

For more information, please contact Ifty Khan, Fairfax County Wastewater Collection Division, at 703-250-2700, TTY 711, or learn more about the county’s Wastewater Collection Division by visiting www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/publicworks.

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