Arlington County Board Sets Public Hearings for Updated Water Distribution Master Plan

  • Two public hearings scheduled in September
  • Updates to Water Distribution System Master Plan
  • Plan sets policy to meet anticipated growth and development

ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County will hold two public hearings in September to consider the adoption of the updated Water Distribution System Master Plan. This master plan sets forth the policy and infrastructure improvements necessary to meet anticipated growth and development through 2040, in order to provide an adequate supply of water for Arlington County.

The Board voted 5 to 0 on July 19, 2014 to advertise the public hearings. Projects from the master plan are incorporated into the County's Proposed FY 2015 – FY 2024 Water and Sewer Infrastructure Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This funding is allocated for constructing new and rehabilitating old water mains, valves, pump stations and water storage facilities. The CIP also funds upgrades to technology enhancements, such as asset management, water meter technology, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). SCADA monitors tank level, flows and pressures at various points in the water system.

Other items identified in the plan support the water system's asset management program. They include operations and maintenance programs for water meters, valves, hydrants, system flushing, backflow prevention and water quality.

Public Process

County staff will be available in August to meet with members of the public, upon request, for review of recommendations set forth in the updated plan.

The Planning Commission will then hold a public hearing on Monday, Sept. 8, followed by the County Board meeting on Saturday, Sept. 20, to consider adoption of the proposed update of the Water Distribution Master Plan. Both meetings will take place in the County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Third floor, Arlington VA.


The foundation of Arlington's water system was laid in 1927, and some of the pipes from that time are still in use. The County's water system provides a safe and reliable supply of drinking water to its customers. Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services regularly tests the water, which meets all federal and state quality standards.

To learn more, visit the County Website. Scroll down to Item No. 37 on the agenda for the July 19 County Board Meeting.

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.