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reclaimed water each year.  Fairfax County WMP has studied the expansion of its distribution and 
customer base to better serve the community. 

The Future is Now 

As it looks towards the future, the Fairfax County WMP is pursuing an energy recovery and reduction 
program, staying engaged with the leaders in the water community, and investing in infrastructure in 
ways that are sustainable and position the utility to take advantage of technological advancements in 
resource recovery.  Officially outlined in the program’s strategic initiatives, these goals are already 
beginning to take substance.   

Within the capital improvement program, a major project is under design that would recapture energy 
associated with the heat from the facility’s existing biosolid thermal combustion stabilization process.  
The project has the potential to recapture up to one fourth of the treatment facility’s power use.  In 
addition, the Fairfax County WMP has an Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure certified Envision 
Sustainability Professional and is assessing the applications of the Envision program for guiding and 
improving the sustainability of program’s capital infrastructure projects.   In May, the Fairfax County 
WMP held a Technical Advisory Group that included world renown professionals who provide guidance 
and insight into how the program could position itself from an infrastructure perspective to take 
advantage opportunities in the future, especially in the areas of resource and nutrient recovery, climate 
sustainability, and watershed stewardship.   

The Fairfax County WMP is continuing to maintain its presence in the water industries world through 
formal and informal partnerships with local utilities and national groups.  To stay tied with other local 
wastewater utilities, several Fairfax County WMP employees continue to serve as members of the 
Boards for those utilities.  In addition, less formal collaboration and partnering occur through 
professional exchanges such as providing professional and technical support on each other’s initiatives, 
touring each other’s facilities and sharing best practices.  The Fairfax County WMP also attends and 
supports relevant conferences, professional meetings and sessions, and participates in WERF’s LIFT 
program.    

Through these activities, the Fairfax County WMP continues on its journey to become a Utility of the 
Future.   

 

ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE 

 

Proactive leadership that engages in both internal organizational and broader external 
community priorities  

 

Establishes a participatory, collaborative organization dedicated to continual learning, 
improvement, and innovation   

 

Workforce and leadership development program in place to assure recruitment, retention, and 
competency of utility staff relative to a Utility of the Future business model. Development 
program includes a leadership and management skills training program that provides both 
formal and informal leadership opportunities for employees  

 

Employee “in-reach” program established to share work experiences and ensure greater 
understanding of the utility’s key strategy relative to the Utility of the Future business model