Fairfax Water's new University Tank was placed into service on October 22, 2020. Located on the grounds of George Mason University, the tank holds 2.5 million gallons of water and is 156 feet tall. The tank serves customers on the George Mason University Fairfax campus and in the surrounding areas of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. These areas previously experienced delivery pressures that were lower than those typically experienced elsewhere in Fairfax Water’s system. The replacement tank is taller than the previous tank, which results in increased delivery pressures to customers.
The tank was built on the same site as the previous tank, built by the City of Fairfax in 1978. The demolition of the previous tank was completed in January 2019, and the tank’s concrete pedestal was completed in December 2019. The welded steel storage bowl was completed and lifted into place in April 2020.