County’s Wastewater Management Program Honored

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)

July 9, 2007

 Fairfax County’s Wastewater Management Program Designated an Exemplary Environmental Enterprise

Fairfax County’s Wastewater Management program recently received the designation of Exemplary Environmental Enterprise, or E3, from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Less than one-fifth of the several hundred facilities involved in the program have reached the E3 level.

This designation recognizes facilities that have fully implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) emphasizing pollution prevention. It encourages facilities to exceed compliance with federal and local regulations and engage in environmental stewardship and sustainability practices.

Fairfax County’s wastewater management program reduced air pollution and energy consumption with the installation of a solar-powered mixer at a detention pond in 2006. It also reduced the usage of deionized water, a specially filtered water used in laboratory testing at the wastewater treatment plant, by 8,040 gallons per year.

Recently, the county’s wastewater treatment plant received the Platinum Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. This award recognizes plants that met 100 percent of federal standards for preventing pollution for more than five consecutive years.

Other accomplishments include being honored last year for the 20th consecutive time for efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay. The county’s wastewater collections division is also listed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site as a case study agency for a nationally recognized collection system.

DEQ’s Virginia Environmental Excellence Program promotes the use of environmental management systems and pollution prevention as a means to achieve greater environmental quality and improved organizational performance. The program is seven years old and currently has several hundred facilities that have been accepted into the program. It is a voluntary recognition and incentives program.

Fairfax County’s Wastewater Management Program maintains approximately 3,200 miles of sanitary sewer lines, 51 sewage flow meters, 61 pumping stations and 293 sewage grinder pumps in an approved sewer service area that covers nearly 234 square miles. More than 85 percent of the 325,000 households and virtually all businesses in the county are connected to public sewers. New developments or existing homes with septic tanks in the county’s approved sanitary sewer service area can connect to public sewers.

The Noman Cole Plant, located at 9399 Richmond Highway, Lorton, is the largest advanced wastewater treatment plant in the state. Nearly half of the 100 million gallons per day of wastewater generated in the county currently is treated at the plant. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and was designed to treat 67 million gallons per day.

For more information, call 703-550-9740 ext. 399, TTY 711.

Wastewater Management 2007 Award

 Staff from the Wastewater Managment Program were honored at the July 9 Board of Supervisors meeting.


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