Monday, October 28, 2019Loudoun Water announced that its Trap Rock Water Treatment Facility Administration Building has been awarded LEED Gold Certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. “Trap Rock’s LEED Gold Certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Shaun Kelley, Loudoun Water Board Chairman. “LEED was created to make the world a better place by providing everyone with healthy, green and high performing buildings. Loudoun Water’s mission is to sustainably manage water resources in advocacy of health, environment and quality of life. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate and demonstrate that mission than achieving this certification.” Located in Loudoun County, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, the Trap Rock Water Treatment Facility is one of Virginia’s most advanced water treatment plants -- one designed to keep high-quality water flowing in the region for generations to come. The secure, state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet or exceed drinking water regulations to ensure the highest quality drinking water for its customers. The facility opened in May 2019 and is currently producing 10 million gallons of drinking water per day with plans to ultimately expand to 40 million gallons per day. “A project of this magnitude requires the expertise of many people. Loudoun Water staff worked diligently over the past several years to keep this project on track to completion. It is a testament to the commitment and dedication of our project team to achieve this prestigious designation,” said Loudoun Water Vice Chairman Mark Koblos. Trap Rock achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. “In a world that is increasingly concerned about the impact of the built environment on the planet, this certification is very meaningful to Loudoun Water, our community, and the region,” said Carla Burleson, Loudoun Water’s General Manager. Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, Loudoun Water is a public utility that provides water and wastewater service to residents of the unincorporated areas of Loudoun County. Loudoun Water’s mission is to provide sustainable water services to protect health, the environment and quality of life. For more information about Loudoun Water, visit www.loudounwater.org.