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Loudoun Water Formally Transmits Treatment, Pipeline Studies

Date: August  22, 2011

Dear Residents:

Today, Loudoun Water is formally transmitting two studies, “Evaluation of Treatment Options for the Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates Community Systems” and “Evaluation of Town of Leesburg Water Service Alternatives for the Raspberry Falls Community System.” These studies were conducted in response to the November 2010 determination by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) that Well PW-1 in the Raspberry Falls community is groundwater under the direct influence of surface water (GUDI). The studies have been transmitted to, among others, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the Leesburg Town Council, and the residents of Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates (via email and posting on the Web).

Immediately following the GUDI determination, Loudoun Water’s Board of Directors assigned its staff to study all available treatment options to ensure the long-term viability of Raspberry Falls’ water system. Additionally, following a request from the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, we initiated a separate study of the options available to bring a pipeline from the Town of Leesburg to the community.

For the past eight months, Loudoun Water has worked with Hazen & Sawyer, a leading environmental engineering firm, and the Town of Leesburg to produce studies that would objectively evaluate and determine the technically viable options for the Raspberry Falls community. The studies were designed to present all aspects of the available treatment options and assist the Town of Leesburg and the Board of Supervisors decide if the pipeline option merits further consideration. The studies are not intended to provide an evaluation of need for additional treatment or for a pipeline nor do they render a final recommendation that selects one option above all others. Instead, the respective studies identify the technically feasible options along with preferences for a particular treatment option and pipeline alignment.

The formal transmittal letter from Loudoun Water Chairman Fred Jennings, which provides more information on the studies than this email, can be read by clicking here.

The study titled “Evaluation of Treatment Options for the Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates Community Systems” may be reviewed by clicking here.

The study titled “Evaluation of Town of Leesburg Water Service Alternatives for the Raspberry Falls Community System" may be reviewed by clicking here.

An extensive set of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the studies can be found by clicking here.

All four documents have been posted on both the Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates pages of Loudoun Water's website, www.loudounwater.org. Click on the Community Systems link on our homepage.

Loudoun Water is providing two vehicles to receive comments from you and your fellow residents, as well as the general public. You can send us your comments through the Contact Us section on our website or via email at studies@loudounwater.org. Loudoun Water will retain the comments in their entirety and present them to key decision-makers. Because of the desire to ensure the comments are relayed accurately and in their entirety, phone comments will not be taken. We look forward to working with you and our key stakeholders to choose the path that will best serve the community for the future.

Sincerely,

Mike

Mike McGill
Manager of Community Relations
Loudoun Water