Community Systems

Raspberry Falls

Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates New Water Treatment Facility

Loudoun Water is proceeding with the design and construction of a single water treatment plant to serve all of the water needs of both the Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates communities. The plant will be located in Selma Estates. This site is most suitable for water distribution since it is located at a higher elevation than Raspberry Falls and gravity can be utilized for reliability and cost effectiveness.

The plant will use membrane filtration for pathogen/bacteria removal. The membrane treatment facility will be comprised of several components, including pumps, strainers and storage tanks, in addition to the membrane filter units. 

The plant will be sized based on the maximum daily usage observed over the past six years, which is 900 gallons per day per connection. 

The project is currently in design and will be bid ready at the end of 2015. Construction is estimated to begin in 2016.  The treatment plant is planned to be operational in 2017.

Loudoun Water will fund the capital costs of the new water treatment system through its general fund. The general fund will be replenished over time through user rates received from all Loudoun Water customers.


Raspberry Falls Current Treatment System

Water is supplied to Raspberry Falls by two community wells, and wastewater is collected and treated to a high degree at the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). Most organic material and nutrients are removed through biological treatment before being disinfected and discharged to an unnamed tributary of Limestone Branch.


Update 7/21/2015: Summary of Notes of Raspberry Falls/Selma Community Meeting

Update 6/26/2015:
Selma Estates and Raspberry Falls Water Supply Systems Public Meeting Presentation

Update 6/1/2015:
Resolution of Intent for Selma - Raspberry Availability Fee - Rak - May 14 2015

Update 3/17/2015:

Resolution of the Loudoun Water Board Regarding Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates Community Systems

 

Presentations from the January 30, 2015 Loudoun Water Board Workshop:

1) Study of Long Term Option Review - Aaron Duke 
2) Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates Community Water Systems, Jonathan Rak 

Update 1/23/2015: Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates Community Water Systems Study of Long Term Options 

Update 12/10/14: We have heard there may be some misunderstanding regarding expenditures to be approved at the Loudoun Water Board of Directors meeting this Thursday.  Regarding the Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates permanent solution, the only item that is set to be approved is a $600,000 capital expense for detailed design work.  This is consistent with the program presented at the community meeting with Selma Estates and Raspberry Falls residents on November 3 and keeps us on schedule to achieve installation of a permanent water treatment solution in approximately 28 months. The user rates for 2015 will not be impacted.

 

Please also note that the entire first quarter of 2015 is scheduled to work with community representatives to select between the viable alternatives.  Financial implications for the program moving forward will be thoroughly vetted during that process.

 Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates:Water Supply and Treatment Solution Discussion, November 3, 2014

COMMUNITY MEETING NOTICE

Please make plans to attend a community meeting to discuss the long-term water supply and treatment options for the Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates communities. Representatives from Loudoun Water and the engineering firm of Hazen and Sawyer will discuss a memorandum that outlines the options recommended for further study. A question and answer session will follow.

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Smart's Mill Middle School Auditorium
850 North King Street Leesburg, VA 20176
(571) 252-2030

Hazen and Sawyer Memorandum: Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates - Assessment of Long Term Water Supply Options

Update - August 25, 2014:
Loudoun Water wants to thank Selma Estates and Raspberry Falls community members for their patience as we worked diligently to install a temporary membrane filtration system to ensure your water supply. Our dedicated team, along with the Virginia Department of Health, worked very hard to bring this system online as swiftly as possible.

The temporary solution is good news. Now, we are shifting our attention to get a permanent solution in place to meet the water needs of both communities. We are evaluating the best options for this project and we anticipate that a solution will be installed and operational in 24-28 months.

In news from the Virginia Department of Health, Well PW-2 in Raspberry Falls has been determined to be a groundwater source and is NOT under the direct influence of surface water. This is good news for the community and the well has returned to service as of Monday, August 25. We will continue daily monitoring of the treated (finished) water at the entry point to the distribution system even after this well is back online.

Finally, in an effort to better communicate with you, we will be sending brief weekly e-mails to keep you informed on our activities. While we may not have all the answers every week, we will share the information we have available at the time. We hope you will find this helpful.


Raspberry Falls Water Supply Update - August 1, 2014
Letter to Residents Regarding Temporary Membrane Filtration System and Outdoor Water Use - July 31, 2014
Raspberry Falls Weekly Water Supply Update - July 25, 2014
Raspberry Falls Weekly Water Supply Update - July 18, 2014
Raspberry Falls/Selma Estates Water Use FAQ - July 2014
Community Meeting Presentation - June 2014 
Notice of GUDI Investigation for Raspberry Falls Well PW2 and Water Shortage - June 2014

Community Systems
Service Area Map
Raspberry Falls Communications Archive
Raspberry Falls Water Quality Data Reports

Loudoun Water Announcement, May 14, 2012
Raspberry Falls Well F Returned to Service FAQs, May 14, 2012
VDH Approval Letter - Loudoun Water Well F Response Plan, February 22, 2012

Summary Public Outreach Report Re: Studies of Long-term Treatment, Pipeline Options for Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates, Februrary 10, 2012
Part 1: Summary Public Outreach Report
Part 2: Summary Public Outreach Report
Part 3: Summary Public Outreach Report
Part 4: Summary Public Outreach Report
Part 5: Summary Public Outreach Report
Part 6: Summary Public Outreach Report

Loudoun Water Board Modifies Community System Rate Increase Proposal, January 13, 2012
Raspberry Falls Well F Update: VDH formally confirms results of Loudoun Water investigation 
Loudoun Water Statement on Results of Raspberry Falls Well F Turbidity Investigation
Well F Turbidity Investigation FAQs
Assessment of Elevated Turbidity Levels Report, Emery and Garrett Groundwater, Inc.

Raspberry Falls Improvements 2010 - Preliminary Engineering Report 

Public Hearing on Rates, January 5, 2012
Loudoun Water's Board of Directors passed a resolution of intent to raise water and sewer rates in 2012, 2013 and 2014. A public hearing is scheduled January 5, 2012 at 6:00pm at our Administration Building. More information is available in the letter and comparison charts that were mailed to Community Systems residents.

Public Meeting Information for Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates: Updated 02/02/2012
E-mail for Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates Studies Re: Part II of Public Questions 02/02/2012 
Public Questions and Comments Re: Studying Options for Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates Part II
Raspberry Cost of Service with Capital 2002-2011
Public Questions and Comments Re: Studying Options for Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates Community Systems, and Fact Sheet from Loudoun Fire and Rescue 
Public Meeting Information for Raspberry Falls, Selma Estates, 11/15/2011
Statement on November 10 Loudoun Water Board Resolution
November 10 Loudoun Water Board Resolution Outlining Appropriate Long-term Solutions for Raspberry Falls