956 Summer 2018 Let's Have Another Drink…of Water!: Tour of Corbalis Water Treatment Plant in Fairfax
Monday, 9:45–12:30, July 23
Trip coordinator: John Nash
Event limit: 30
Every day Fairfax residents drink water (or at least we should). We turn on the faucet and out comes clean, safe water, and we never give it a second thought. But it is a privilege one-sixth of the world’s population does not have. The water we drink and use for other purposes has a long journey from “raw” water taken from the Potomac River until it becomes the best and safest water possible. A tour of the Corbalis Water Treatment Plant in northern Fairfax will take you behind the scenes to show the intricate process of treating raw water. This plant is a state-of-the-art facility which, along with the Griffith Treatment Plant in Lorton, serves more than 1.7 million people in Northern Virginia. Opened in 1982, the facility has undergone considerable expansion. To meet the rising demand for water over the past two decades, the facility’s capacity has grown from 50 million to 225 million gallons per day. Directions and a registration roster will be emailed so that those who wish to carpool can contact one another. Please drive to the treatment plant, park in the facility parking lot, and we will meet at the front entrance of the plant at 9:45. Registration for this event is on a first-come,first-served basis.