Fairfax Water's Fred C. Morin

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Sept. 26, 2005

 Fairfax Water Loses a Founding Father

Fred C. Morin Was Longest-Serving Appointee to any Fairfax County Board, Authority or Commission

When Fred C. Morin, chairman emeritus of Fairfax Water, died on Saturday, Sept. 24, Fairfax County lost its longest continuously serving appointed or elected official. He served on the board of Fairfax Water from 1961 to 2004.

“For more than 43 years, 33 of which the board members annually elected him to serve as chairman, Fred Morin was an instrumental force in building Fairfax Water into one of the preeminent water suppliers in our nation,” said Harry F. Day, current chairman of Fairfax Water. “Fred often said that our mission is to provide ‘the best potable water at the lowest possible price.’ All of us who are the beneficiaries of his service owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”

Morin served as chairman of Fairfax Water from 1969 to 2002 and was named honorary chairman emeritus in October 2002. During his tenure on the board, Fairfax Water grew from serving approximately 32,000 people to more than 1.3 million people in Northern Virginia, and water production grew from 2 million gallons per day to 135 million gallons per day. Morin oversaw the acquisition of the many water utilities that were combined to create Fairfax Water, including the 1967 acquisition of the Alexandria Water Company. His service also included the expansion of the Lorton water treatment facilities in Occoquan in the early 1970s and the development of the Potomac River water supply facilities in the 1980s.

A Virginian by birth, Morin was a Navy officer during World War II, serving in the North Atlantic, European and North African theatres. After his schooling at Virginia Tech, he served as a civil engineer. He retired from Arlington County as the chief of engineering and surveys for planning and engineering.

Morin’s extensive community service includes serving on the Fairfax County Planning Commission in 1960 and as chairman of the Lee District Association of Civic Organizations for the past 41 years.

For more information, contact Jeanne Bailey at Fairfax Water at 703-289-6291.

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