LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN
My Fellow Customers: An ancient Greek proverb goes like this: “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” The person who made that statement is long forgotten but the sentiment remains. It has been woven into our organizational philosophy here at Fairfax Water over our 60 years of service to the community. Our long tradition of planning ahead is most recently illustrated by the exciting plan for a future reservoir near our Griffith Water Treatment Plant in Lorton. As part of an agreement last year with Vulcan Minerals Inc., Fairfax Water will take ownership of their quarry upon completion of rock-mining operations there. The filling of the quarry with water will take place in two increments - in 2035 and 2085. Ultimately the reservoir will hold upwards of 17 billion gallons of water, a huge benefit to Northern Virginia for meeting future water needs in the event of a prolonged regional drought.
Fairfax Water is equally focused on ensuring the quality of the drinking water on which our community depends. I invite you to take a look at this year’s water quality report. Once again the water-quality data speaks for itself and shows the consistency of our excellent water quality. The importance of water quality and supply will only grow as time passes. We are doing our part to ensure our customers have the best water and an abundant supply today and well in the future. As your fellow Fairfax Water customer and member of our community, I know that the seeds that Fairfax Water plants today will provide benefit to be appreciated long after we are gone.
Philip W. Allin
Fairfax Water Board of Directors