PRV Information for Second-High Pressure Zone Expansion Project
PRV Reimbursement Information for Customers Impacted by the Second-High Pressure Zone Expansion Project
If you received a letter from Fairfax Water regarding the possible need for a PRV, please read below! If you live within the zone but did not receive a letter, you do not need a PRV.
Click here to see if your address is on the list of homes that need a PRV if it does not already have one installed.
Due to pressure zone changes as a result of Second-High Pressure Zone Expansion Project, some customers in the area may experience water pressure or greater than 80 PSI. This may result in a need for a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV). We have identified those customers and mailed letters to them containing further information.
We understand that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, customers may be self-isolating to varying degrees now and over the next few months. It is important to us that the PRV installation process is completed in a safe manner for you and your household. Many local plumbers are taking extra safety measures to ensure the safety of their customers and employees. Please speak with your plumber about these measures. If you need further guidance, visit fairfaxwater.org/plumbertips or contact us.
We want to make the PRV installation process as convenient as possible. If you have received one of these letters, please read the FAQs below to learn more about PRVs and our reimbursement program.
Please note: If you already have a PRV, you do not need to take any further action. The reimbursement program does not cover the replacement of existing PRVs.
What is a PRV?
A PRV is a device that reduces the water pressure entering a residence resulting in water pressure that is less than 80 PSI.
How do I know if I already have a PRV?
A PRV is typically installed where the water line enters your home. This is most likely in your basement, but it may be in other locations. Check your home’s plumbing to see if you already have one installed. If you are unsure if your home has a PRV or needs one, please contact your plumber.
I have determined that my home does not have a PRV. Do I need a one?
County plumbing code requires that PRVs are installed in new construction if the pressure is above 80 PSI. Although it is not required from homes that are not new construction, you may choose to install a PRV to meet the new construction code. Ultimately, the decision to install a PRV is the homeowner’s decision. Fairfax Water assumes no responsibility for damages due to a change in water pressure.
How do I get a PRV?
To have a PRV installed, contact your plumber. Fairfax Water will reimburse customers for the cost of the PRV device and its installation only for the homes that have been identified as having future pressure above 80 psi due to the Second-High pressure zone expansion. These customers received letters explaining the reimbursement process. You will be reimbursed for the cost and installation of the PRV up to the amount of $500.00. Customers will be responsible for paying any amount above that limit.
Reimbursement will be paid after the work is complete and after a reimbursement request has been submitted to Fairfax Water as described below. You should have your PRV installed by February 1, 2021. We encourage you to submit your request for reimbursement by March 31, 2021.
How does the reimbursement process work?
Contract a plumber and let them know that you would like to have a PRV installed in accordance with Virginia Plumbing Code. Residents must use a plumber who is insured and licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. An approved PRV is installed as per Virginia Plumbing Code, it must conform with ASSE 1003 or CSA B356 requirements. These certifications should be listed on the tag attached to the PRV
Before the PRV is installed, take a picture of the water shutoff valve and area surrounding to show that there is no PRV currently in place.
Once the PRV installation is complete, you must submit the following for Fairfax Water to process your reimbursement request:
- A picture of the water shutoff valve and surrounding area before PRV installation.
- A picture of the water shutoff valve, newly installed PRV and the surrounding area after PRV installation.
- An itemized receipt and proof of payment (a photo or scanned image of the receipt is acceptable if it is legible).
Send the above items to:
ATTN: PRV Reimbursement
8570 Executive Park Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Your reimbursement request must be submitted to Fairfax Water no later than March 31, 2021.
For more information on system improvements for customers impacted by Second-High Pressure Zone Changes, click here.
If you have any questions about the PRV reimbursement program, please feel free to contact Fairfax Water’s Customer Service Department.
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