Sewer Rehabilitation Project


The City of Falls Church sanitary sewer rehabilitation project is ongoing. The project is part of the former Public Utilities Department's Comprehensive Sanitary Sewer Improvement Plan developed in 2003, which outlines a phased program of sewer system evaluation and rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation extends the life of the existing sewer mains and, by reducing the amount of inflow of stormwater and ground water, is expected to reduce the treatment costs paid by the City and its ratepayers.

The Lining Process

Am-Liner East, the city's contractor, will inspect and then perform the lining process on the sewer mains to be rehabilitated. To allow for staging room around manholes and to maintain traffic on streets, temporary no-parking zones may be designated as necessary. Please check the Citywide Notices website calendar for upcoming dates.

Affected customers will be notified and provided with more detailed information before the sewer line serving their residence or business is scheduled for rehabilitation.

The resin used in the lining process has an unpleasant odor that is detectable at very low concentration levels. The odor may enter your home through dry drain traps. To eliminate any possibility of odor, please pour some water into all drains prior to 8:00 a.m. the day of service to ensure water is in the trap and a seal exists.

Affected customers should be also be aware of the following during their window of service:
  • You must discontinue all in-house water usage, which includes showers, toilets, sinks, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. Customers should store water for personal and cooking needs prior to 8:00 a.m.
  • You must not discharge (i.e. flush or drain) into the sewer system until the work is completed.
  • If you have a sump pump and think it's connected to the sanitary sewer system, please notify Am-Liner East immediately at 540-955-9671.