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Fairfax Water Dedicates New Treatment Plant

On July 15, Fairfax Water, northern Virginia’s largest water utility, dedicated the Frederick P. Griffith Water Treatment Plant and Visitor Education Center in Lorton, Virginia. The new plant, which replaces three aging facilities on the Occoquan Reservoir, joins Fairfax Water’s Corbalis Treatment Plant on the Potomac to serve 1.5 million customers in Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria, Loudoun County, and Prince William County.

“The Griffith plant is one of the most advanced water treatment plants in the world,” said Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly, who participated in the hour-long dedication ceremony held in honor of Frederick P. Griffith. Mr. Griffith joined the staff of the then-Fairfax County Water Authority in 1958, one year after it was created, and rose to the rank of general manager from 1985-1991. He retired in 1991.

Dignitaries addressing the more than 400 assembled included Congressman Tom Davis, who assured through Federal legislation that the old Lorton prison land would be transferred to Fairfax County for a variety of uses including the Griffith plant, Secretary of the Commonwealth and former Fairfax County Chair Katherine K. Hanley, Fairfax Water Board Chairman Harry F. Day and General Manager Charles M. Murray, members of the Virginia legislature, members of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors, Prince William Board of County Supervisors, current and former Fairfax Water Board members, staff and their families, representatives of water utilities in Loudoun, Prince William Counties and the City of Alexandria, consultants, and area citizens.

Stuart A. Freudberg, COG’s Director of Environmental Programs, witnessed the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting, and then toured the facility and its new Visitor Education Center. “It’s an exceptional facility and a critical part of the region’s water supply system,” Freudberg said. “Griffith uses state of the art technology to produce clean, safe drinking water using a variety of treatment methods including ozonation and carbon filtration to meet more than 100 stringent EPA health standards.”

The historical preservation aspects of the design were also highlighted during the ceremony, and were summarized by several speakers including former Congresswoman and state senator Leslie Byrne, representing the League of Women Voters.

Additional information on Fairfax Water and the Griffith Plant can be obtained at www.fairfaxwater.org. Information on the region’s water supply system may be found on COG's environmental page.


Release Date: Jul 17, 2006

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