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NARRATIVE: ALEXANDRIA RENEW ENTERPRISES: A UTILITY OF THE FUTURE TODAY 

Alexandria Renew Enterprises is an advanced water resource recovery facility whose 100 dedicated 
team members are passionate environmentalists committed to its core mission of protecting public 
health and the environment. Originally Alexandria Sanitation Authority, AlexRenew was created in 1952 
and went into operation in 1956. In 2012, AlexRenew changed its name to one befitting its role in 
resource recovery and community benefit.  

Today, AlexRenew serves more than 320,000 people in Alexandria and parts of Fairfax, Virginia by 
transforming about 13 billion gallons of wastewater into clean water every year. We operate and 
maintain 20 miles of interceptors, four remote pump stations, and a state-of-the-art water resource 
recovery facility.  

For eleven consecutive years, we have received the National Association of Clean Water Agencies Peak 
Performance Platinum Award for our compliance record. This record speaks to our team’s commitment 
to our core mission, yet we also strive to go above and beyond our permit requirements. Designed to 
transform 54 million gallons of wastewater per day on an urban 35-acre campus, AlexRenew is one of 
the smallest gallon per acre facilities in the nation. Being located in a space-constrained urban area 
within the ecologically sensitive Chesapeake Bay watershed requires a commitment to meet today’s 
challenges, as well as ingenuity and innovation to enable the future. Recently completed upgrades 
include sidestream and mainstream deammonification treatment systems.   AlexRenew is the first utility 
in the U.S. to implement a full-scale mainstream deammonification system and the first utility in the 
world to use this technology to meet very low nitrogen limits.  

ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE OVERVIEW 

AlexRenew currently employs 100 dedicated public stewards in high and middle skill jobs such as 
licensed wastewater operators, certified mechanics, licensed electricians, engineers, lab technicians, and 
more.  In the last two years, our operators have logged more than 1600 training hours.  Additionally, 
more than 90% of our maintenance staff are Certified Maintenance & Reliability Technicians. AlexRenew 
also recently launched a leadership academy for high-potential team members that provides practical 
leadership and management tools  

With the water sector expected to lose up to 50% of its workforce by 2020, we also maintain an 
apprenticeship program that provides formal career training with academic and hands-on instruction for