Town of Herndon looks to boost water supply to meet future demands

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The Fairfax County Water Authority will begin an engineering study to determine how to boost the water supply for the Town of Herndon after the Herndon Town Council approved the $107,000 study Tuesday.

Tammy Chastain, deputy director of the town’s public works department, said additional capacity is needed to meet future demands. Discussions on how to boost water supply with a new point of supply and install a new pumping station have been underway since at least 2016.

“We knew we were going to have to find it from somewhere,” Chastain told council members last night.

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Initially, town officials thought the project would cost around $6.1 million, but now, costs could be as low as $3 million for design and construction.

The pumping station, if approved, would be located at the Herndon Police Department. Because the station would be near a transmission main and meter vaults along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, the cost of the project is expected to be much lower than anticipated.

Funding for the study was planned for in the town’s five-year capital budget. The town’s 2016 Water Utility Master Plan calls for the design and construction of a new water main before 2025.

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