Loudoun County is a dynamic and fast-growing county. As its population and businesses grow, so does the demand for safe, clean drinking water. By 2040, Loudoun Water's customers may require up to 90 million gallons of drinking water every day. This represents a 40 million gallon per day increase from today's customer demand. To meet our customers' needs, we've developed the Potomac Water Supply Program to sustainably expand our water supply capacity and protect local quality of life for generations to come.
Loudoun Water's Potomac Water Supply Program is designed to ensure our customer's safe, reliable, and sustainable supply of our most precious resource-drinking water. Our innovative approach to water supply management is the culmination of years of planning that included:
- Performing the cost-benefit analysis of alternatives;
- Developing a strong public-private partnership;
- Engaging government permitting and regulatory bodies;
- Coordinating with regional drinking water providers; and,
- Conducting outreach activities to customers, community organizations and local government leaders.
The result is a world-class program that is pioneering in scope, original in design, and sustainable in execution.The Potomac Water Supply Program involves:
- Developing the assets and infrastructure to withdraw raw water directly from the Potomac River;
- Banking raw water in retired quarries for future use;
- Processing raw water at a state-of-the-art water treatment facility to produce safe, clean drinking water; and,
- Developing new transmission capacity to distribute safe, clean drinking water to customers.
As the primary stewards of water in our community, we are working hard to ensure a sustainable and reliable drinking water supply far into the future. We are committed to responsibly executing the Potomac Water Supply Program to minimize impacts to the Potomac River and to limit land disturbance. Our innovative approach to increasing water storage capacity-water banking-will give Loudoun Water the flexibility to suspend withdrawals from the Potomac River during periods of drought or during water supply emergencies. This flexibility of operation protects the Potomac River and its delicate ecosystem. In fact, the entire Program is being developed with an eye toward sustainability and minimizing community impact during construction and operation.
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