ALERTS

Flushing New Baltimore - April 02, 2020

The Fauquier County Water And Sanitation Authority will be flushing in the following areas South ... [more...]

Building Closure until April 30th: A Message to our Customers and Vendors - March 27, 2020

With growing concern regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the Fauquier County Water and ... [more...]

Please Flush Wisely - March 26, 2020

As toilet paper runs short, many citizens may turn to alternatives such as “flushable&rdquo... [more...]

Close

Radium

Information for Customers of the New Baltimore Regional Water System

 

Return to Service of Terranova Water Well

 

Dear Customer,

 

FCWSA is writing you today to inform you about an important improvement to your water system. We are pleased to announce that we have added an advanced treatment process to the Terranova Well that will address the elevated levels of radium that were discovered in recent months.

 

FCWSA has installed a direct adsorption treatment process to the well that uses ion exchange cylinders with an ion-specific resin to attract radium ions.  Radium is captured on the resin and the resin is replaced as necessary.

 

Earlier this year, FCWSA received a Notice of Violation from the Virginia Department of Health after elevated levels of radium, which is a naturally occurring radioactive metal found in rocks and soil, were found in the Terranova Well.  When FCWSA received the test results in May, the well was immediately shut down and remained out-of-service until we could construct additional treatment.  

 

Testing was conducted to confirm the well is safe to return to service.  VDH has reviewed our test results and has issued us a Certificate to Operate, confirming it is fully compliant with federal and state drinking water standards.

 

The Terranova well produces on average 10-15% of the water delivered to the New Baltimore Regional Water System. Because the system’s drinking water is blended, the water was always determined to be safe to drink and it remains safe today.

 

We thank you for your patience and consideration.  Please share this information with your friends and neighbors who use our water.  

Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority