National Drinking Water Week is May 1 - 7 this year. Stafford County recognizes the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the critical work that water professionals accomplish around the clock to ensure the delivery of quality tap water. Drinking water serves an essential purpose for the health, hydration and hygiene needed for the quality of life we enjoy. Additionally, tap water delivers public health protection, fire protection and support for our economy.
"Our treatment facilities are recognized for compliance nationally, and I credit our dedicated and professional staff for those distinctions," says Lake Mooney Water Treatment Facility Manager Matt Sauter. "In addition to ensuring high-quality drinking water, Stafford County is committed to protecting our natural water resources, and we invite the public to assist us with that mission."
The dedicated staff of Stafford County's Utilities Department works diligently to maintain the infrastructure of two water treatment facilities, 717 miles of water line, 96 Pump Stations, 16 storage tanks and 16 water booster stations. This team is comprised of maintenance workers, plant operators, engineers and administrators who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to ensure the safety of drinking water for the community.
Stafford's best partner in protecting the environment is our residents. The community can significantly preserve our natural waterways and the wildlife that depend on them by conserving water, not littering, picking up after pets, and not swimming in drinking water reservoirs. The average family in Stafford County uses approximately 6,000 gallons of water each month. You can conserve water to help maintain Stafford's water supply, including repairing any plumbing leaks, watering lawns and gardens in the early morning or late evening, taking shorter showers, and running the dishwasher only when complete. We can all make a difference by being more water aware and making minor changes to conserve water every day. More water conservation tips can be found at staffordcountyva.gov/waterwatch.