Stafford County Celebrates Drinking Water Week

On May 7-13 this year, Drinking Water Week celebrates water's vital role in everyday life. Stafford County honors the critical work that our 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."

Stafford County's Utilities Department provided nearly 10 million gallons of water daily in 2022 to serve more than 125,000 valued customers. To provide this high volume of water, the department treats almost 4 billion gallons of drinking water annually at Stafford County’s two Water Treatment Facilities, Lake Mooney and Smith Lake. A vast utilities infrastructure is required to carry all of that water to and from homes and businesses.

The dedicated staff of the Utilities Department works diligently to maintain two Water Treatment Facilities, over 700 miles of water line, 90 pump stations, 16 storage tanks and 10 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 County Utilities is committed to ensuring that high-quality water is available whenever you reach for your tap.