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Water and Sewer Utility Future, City of Falls Church, VA

Starting January 3, 2014, all Falls Church Water Utility customers will be served by Fairfax Water. Customers should watch their mailboxes for final bill information from Falls Church in January and a welcome packet from Fairfax Water, also in January. Please follow this link for more information on the sale of the Falls Church Water Utility.

Updated December 18, 2013

NEW UPDATE: City's Boundary Adjustment Agreement Approved by Three Judge Panel: Ruling Effective upon Water Utility Sale Closing Jan. 3

The City of Falls Church, Fairfax Water, and Fairfax County, with the assistance of a federal mediator, agreed on terms for the sale of the Falls Church Water Utility to Fairfax Water. The sale of the system was approved by the voters of the City of Falls Church by referendum in November 2013.

In short, the settlement calls for Fairfax Water's purchase of the Falls Church water system for $40 million, the reduction in water rates to customers in the Falls Church system's service area, certain adjustments of the City's boundary line with Fairfax County, the settlement of all litigation between them, and employment for Falls Church Water Utility employees. The sale will create a robust water system that combines the benefits of the three independent water treatment plants and transmission systems that now serve the area. Follow this link for more details on the agreement terms.

The following information was provided by Fairfax Water. To learn more about the history, mission, and services of Fairfax Water, visit

The Fairfax County Water Authority was created in September 1957 by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors under the Virginia Water and Waste Authorities Act. Fairfax Water is now the largest water utility in Virginia, serving one out of every five Virginians using public water service. The utility has a treatment capacity of 345 million gallons a day and provides, on average, 150 million gallons a day. Fairfax Water serves 1.7 million retail and wholesale customers, providing reliability and value.

Fairfax Water takes pride in the quality of drinking water provided to customers, which consistently surpasses rigorous state and federal standards. The highly trained Water Quality Laboratory staff use the latest, most sensitive, and sophisticated analytical instrumentation to analyze 350 different compounds in our raw water sources and treated water. Some of the monitoring is required for regulatory purposes, some for process monitoring and control, and even more in response to customer requests for information. In 2012, 60,000 data points were gathered from 13,000 samples of water for these 350 parameters.

For more information about Fairfax Water, visit

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Friday, April 25, 2014