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Mar 05

NVRC Protecting Our Region's Drinking Water Supply - Normand Goulet

Posted on March 5, 2020 at 4:57 PM by Bob Lazaro

Occaquon Reservoir

Beginning in the mid 1970’s the Northern Virginia Regional Commission has coordinated efforts of the Occoquan Watershed local governments to improve and maintain the Occoquan Reservoir water quality and to meet state water quality standards through the Occoquan Management Programs. By fostering cooperation amongst watershed jurisdictions, the Commission becomes a key player for improving the Occoquan Reservoir by navigating the complex technological and political challenges to maintain clean water in a rapidly urbanizing watershed.

Through a group of technical professionals from Fairfax Water, the Upper Occoquan Sewerage Authority, the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, and along with technical staffs of its member local governments, they have devoted their professional careers to create, build and manage a system that is unique in the United States that reclaims wastewater and produces arguably the most reliable and least expensive drinking water in the metropolitan Washington area.

The Occoquan Watershed covers 590 square miles and includes the Occoquan Reservoir, which serves as the boundary between Fairfax and Prince William counties. The reservoir is one of two major water sources for the Fairfax County Water Authority, which supplies water to over one million people in Northern Virginia.

For more information about our Occoquan program and to view a 60 minute documentary filmed about this important work please visit our web site.