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University Tank Replacement and Braddock Road Transmission Main

To improve service to customers, Fairfax Water will be replacing its existing water storage tank located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. The existing tank controls water pressure on the campus as well as surrounding areas in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. These areas experience delivery pressures that are lower than those typically experienced elsewhere in Fairfax Water’s system. The replacement tank will be taller than the existing tank, which will increase delivery pressures to customers in the areas shown on the map below. Changes to the style of the tank will also ensure water quality will be maintained. The new tank will be constructed on the same site as the existing tank between University Drive and Sideburn Road.

Locations of Replacement Water Tank and New Water Main

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Fairfax Water has been working closely with Mason representatives on preliminary plans for the project. The new tank will be supplied through a new 24-inch diameter water main that will extend from Shirley Gate Drive to Campus Drive along Braddock Road, and then across portions of the GMU campus. The alignment of the new water main will be largely within public right-of-way and Fairfax Water will work closely with VDOT to minimize traffic disruptions during construction. The map above shows the preliminary alignment of the new transmission main.

Fairfax Water presented information about these projects, including renderings illustrating how the tank will appear from various perspectives, at the Mason/Community Forum on September 28, 2016. For a copy of the presentation, please click here.


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