Opinion: Commentary: Investing in Clean Waterways and Public Health

May 2, 2019

Alexandria’s health and prosperity depend on clean waterways, and clean waterways depend on a well-functioning wastewater system. The Potomac River and its tributaries receive the cleaned water treated to the highest standards at our wastewater treatment plant. Our goal is to protect public and environmental health and keep our waterways clean.

#Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew), a public authority serving about 300,000 residents and businesses in Alexandria and parts of Fairfax County, cleans our community’s used water daily. For 67 years, AlexRenew has invested almost $1 billion in upgrades to improve water quality, treatment capacity, and processing efficiency. In the past year, AlexRenew has been charged with the new treatment responsibility of mitigating the outdated combined sewer system that serves five percent of Alexandria, and addressing the extra flows entering our separated sewers in the west end. As a result, in the coming months, we will all see a rate increase in our sewer bills.

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