Archive: Utilities

Water Main Break in Falls Church

A news release from the city: UPDATE: Eastbound Route 7 Closed in Falls Church City for Water Main Break Repairs; Southbound Route 29 Reduced to One Lane. FALLS CHURCH, VA. - Eastbound route 7 in Falls Church City is closed between Maple Avenue and Washington Street as crews repair a 6-inch water main break at the intersection of routes 7 and 29. Traffic is being detoured onto Maple Avenue, to Annandale Road, and to South Washington Street (route 29). Southbound route 29 is reduced to one lane. The closures will remain in effect until approximately 6 p.m. The break occurred at approximately 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, June 17 when a commercial truck struck a fire hydrant, which in turn broke the water main. Service has been restored to water customers affected by the break....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 17, 2008; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

GMU Center for Peace Raises Concerns Among Mason Neck Neighbors

George Mason University officials are planning to create conference center on the county's Mason Neck peninsula that they hope will become a magnet for world leaders looking for a place to gather to resolve their conflicts. But neighbors of the proposed peace center are wondering if their own sense of tranquility will be disrupted by the changes the center's construction will bring to the idyllic riverside setting of the neighborhood. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 15, 2007; 10:58 AM ET | Email a Comment

Natural Gas Customers Will Get Refund

From today's Metro section: Natural gas customers in Fairfax County will receive an average refund of $16.50 as a result of negotiations between Washington Gas and government officials, the Board of Supervisors was told Monday. Washington Gas applied for rate increases worth $23 million in 2006, but a State Corporation Commission order issued last month authorized only $3.9 million in increases. The refund represents the difference between the rate increases the company sought and what was authorized. The company had been charging higher rates on an interim basis since February. -- Amy Gardner...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 17, 2007; 10:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax City Calls For Water Restrictions

With the area's drought continuing to worsen, Fairfax City has imposed voluntary restictions of water usage and has issued a press release: City of Fairfax Imposes Water Restrictions FAIRFAX -- Due to very low levels of water in the City of Fairfax's water reservoirs, the city will commence voluntary water restrictions beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, October 5. The water restrictions will remain in effect until reservoirs are restored or until rainfall patterns return to normal. The city joins several other jurisdictions in this action, including Loudoun County, a city water customer already on water restrictions for several months that recently moved to more stringent mandatory restrictions. Other jurisdictions throughout Virginia also are affected, including Leesburg, Stafford County, and Virginia Beach, Caroline County, the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The situation is so dire that restrictions are being discussed at the state level. To ensure that the water supply...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 4, 2007; 11:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Sewage Dilemma in Harbor View?

With concerns about rising costs and safety, Harbor View, the county's only neighborhood with a privately operated sewage treatment plant, are asking the county to take over the processing of their sewage. But none of the options before the county are cheap. Read about it in this week's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 10, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 7/12: Mandatory Paper Recycling is Here

Updated 7/12 Did you remember to put out the paper and cardboard this week? The new recycling rules are now in effect and trends in the movement are detailed in this article from the Fairfax Extra. Originally posted 6/27 From today's Metro section: Fairfax County officials announced yesterday that residents, businesses and institutions will be required to recycle cardboard, magazines, office paper, catalogs, cereal boxes, telephone books, envelopes and junk mail beginning July 10. The Board of Supervisors adopted the tougher recycling rules last year. The county's solid-waste management program handles more than 1.5 million tons of municipal solid waste and recyclables annually. It is projected to handle an additional 139,000 to 500,000 tons of waste a year by 2025....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 12, 2007; 01:59 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/17: Judge Dismisses Falls Church's Suit Over Water Service

Updated 5/17 Yesterday's federal court ruling clears the way for the Fairfax Water to sell water to county residents who have traditionally obtained water from the City of Falls Church, according to today's news from the Metro section. Originally posted 3/13 The Fairfax County Water Authority has asked for a dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the City of Falls Church over who has the rights to provide water service to county residents in some neighborhoods adjacent to the city. Read about it in this story from today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 17, 2007; 08:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

Immigration and Overcrowded Houses

This front page article in yesterday's paper on neighborhood disputes over overcrowded houses in Fairfax County has spawned a spirited discussion with people from Fairfax, the Washington region and elsewhere in the country, joining in by posting comments about the problem. Focus on Fairfax invites readers to continue the discussion here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 14, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Neighbors Fight Gas Pipeline Changes

A news story in this week's Fairfax Extra highlights a problem that is occurring with increasing frequency in built-out Fairfax. What happens when neighbors of an underground gas pipeline discover that the utility company that owns it wants to add major above ground components just feet from their property lines? Read here to find out....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 1, 2007; 03:18 PM ET | Email a Comment

 

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