To improve service to customers, Fairfax Water will be replacing its existing water storage tank located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University (GMU). The existing tank controls water pressure on the campus as well as surrounding areas in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. These areas experience delivery pressures that are lower than those typically experienced elsewhere in Fairfax Water’s system. The replacement tank will be taller than the existing tank, which will increase delivery pressures to customers in the areas shown on the map above. Changes to the style of the tank will also ensure water quality will be maintained. The new tank will be constructed on the same site as the existing tank between University Drive and Sideburn Road as shown on the map above.
Construction Update (06/16/2020): The University Tank Replacement project, now under construction, will improve customer pressure to surrounding areas in the City of Fairfax and Fairfax County near the George Mason University Campus. The new tank will be 40 feet taller and provide more usable storage volume.
Demolition of the old tank at this site was completed in January 2019. The foundation for the new tank was completed in July 2019. The tank pedestal was completed in December of 2019. Welding of the steel water storage tank was completed and the bowl lifted into place in April, 2020. June 2020 brought a protective coatings specialty contractor to prepare the steel surface and apply the final coatings to the interior and exterior of the tank, while mechanical workers install the control piping and valves inside the pedestal.
The replacement tank is anticipated to be completed and placed in-service during the fourth quarter of 2020.
Rendering of the new tank
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