Service Authority News
Protect Your Pipes this Winter!
Find Your Main Shut-Off Valve!
• Don’t wait! Imagine the panic you would feel if water started pouring through the house from a broken pipe. Locate the main shut-off valve, mark it, and make sure everyone in the household knows where it is.
Helping to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes:
• Seal any air drafts around fixtures.
• Insulate pipes in unheated areas.
• When freezing weather is forecast, turn off the water to outside spigots and drain all water from the line.
• Drain in-ground lawn irrigation systems. (Check manufacturer instructions for best method.)
• Report broken or missing meter lids to the Service Authority to help prevent frozen meters.
• Set the thermostat to no less than 55° F or simply shut off the main valve to protect pipes during extended absences from home in the winter. If you turn the heat off entirely, drain all water from pipes after closing the shut-off valve.
If Your Water Pipes Freeze:
• Turn on the closest cold water faucet to relieve pressure from expanding ice in pipes.
• Wrap towels soaked with warm water around pipes to gradually thaw them.
• DO NOT attempt using a blow torch or hair-dryer to thaw frozen pipes since intense heat can cause them to crack or burst.
Please call PWCSA Emergency Dispatch at (703) 335-7990 if you have a service disruption.
The Prince William County Service Authority’s (PWCSA) H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility (AWRF) has been honored with two major water reclamation industry awards for excellence in environmental stewardship and safety – the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Gold Peak Performance Award and the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) 2012 Safety Award.
NACWA recognizes water reclamation facilities each year for outstanding compliance of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits. The H.L. Mooney AWRF achieved 100% compliance of its NPDES permit limits during 2012.
VWEA presented its 2012 Safety Award to H.L. Mooney AWRF in recognition of the Service Authority’s outstanding efforts to protect the health and safety of personnel at the H.L. Mooney AWRF.
The Service Authority provides drinking water and water reclamation services to more than 250,000 customers in Prince William County.
The Water Art Invitational (WAI) is an annual art contest hosted by the Service Authority that is open to all high school students enrolled in public or private schools located in Prince William County. The WAI challenges students to articulate themes related to safe, reliable drinking water as an indispensable and convenient resource that millions of people rely on every day through the artistic mediums of painting/drawing, photography, and computer graphics.
The theme of the 2014 WAI is “From Source to Tap and Back Again.” This year’s theme refers to the journey PWCSA water takes:
• Beginning in rivers and lakes;
• On to the water treatment plant;
• Into homes and businesses;
• Onward to the water reclamation plant; and
• Returning clean water back to streams and rivers.
Students who intend to submit artwork for the contest are strongly encouraged to remain mindful of the theme while considering and creating their entries. Judges for the competition apply as much weight to demonstrated artistic ability as to clear comprehension and interpretation of each year’s established theme when scoring the submissions.
Teachers and students can download Rules and Entry Forms and Artwork Entry Labels, which must be completed and submitted for each entry, as well as a flyer that can be printed and posted within schools (with the proper permissions) to help promote the event.
Educators and students interested in the Service Authority’s WAI may watch a brief video about this unique art contest by clicking HERE.
All artwork MUST be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2013. Absolutely no exceptions will be made for late submissions.
Contest winners will be announced at the 2014 WAI Awards Ceremony on:
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Service Authority Main Lobby
Raymond Spittle Building
4 County Complex Court
Woodbridge, VA 22192.
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
To see winning artwork from last year’s Water Art Invitational, please click through the slideshow below.
Help Stop Vandalism of PWCSA Sewer Manholes
If you see anyone other than PWCSA personnel lifting Service Authority manhole covers and placing objects down sanitary sewer manholes, please call our 24-Hour Emergency Dispatch at (703) 335-7982 immediately. These actions can result in personal injury, sewage backups and spills into homes, yards, roads and waterways, potentially contaminating vital water sources and causing damage to the entire wastewater collection and treatment system. The resulting expensive cleanup and repairs can create increased costs for rate payers. Your vigilance could help prevent sewage backups and spills in your community.
The Prince William County Service Authority cautions customers to be aware of individuals who falsely claim to be Service Authority employees and request access to their homes or businesses to collect water quality samples. Protect yourself and your home from imposters with the following facts:
- Our employees in the field always wear a Service Authority uniform and carry an ID badge.
- All Service Authority vehicles display the utility’s logo.
- The majority of Service Authority business in the field is conducted outside of homes.
- Service Authority employees NEVER:
- Initiate an in-home visit without a scheduled appointment.
- Conduct financial transactions or ask for personal information in the field.
- Ask anyone potentially posing as a Service Authority employee for their supervisor's name and telephone number.
- Do not allow anyone into your home if you are uncomfortable or suspicious.
Report Suspected Imposters
If you have any questions about whether a person at your door is a Service Authority employee, please call the Authority’s 24-hour emergency dispatcher at (703) 335-7982 or the Prince William County Police Department non-emergency line at (703) 792-6500.
Pictured above (left to right): Dr. K. Jack Kooyoomjian, PWCSA Board Member; Mr. Paul Ruecker, PWCSA Board Vice Chairman; Jonathan Brooks, Lake Ridge Middle School; Mr. L. Ben Thompson, PWCSA Board Member; Aliyah Desautels, Gainesville Middle School; Nick Shablom, Battlefield High School; Mr. Eric Young, PWCSA Board Member; Edwin Vargas, Freedom High School; Mr. David Rutherford, PWCSA Board Member; Julia Buchinsky, Bull Run Middle School; Ms. Janice Carr, PWCSA Board Secretary-Treasurer; Emma Glass, Bull Run Middle School; Mr. Alex Vanegas, PWCSA Board Chairman; Ms. Joyce Eagles, PWCSA Board Member.
PWCSA Honors 2013 Regional Science Fair Contestants
PWCSA recognized seven middle and high school students on April 11 for developing outstanding projects that focused on water, wastewater or the environment for this year’s Prince William-Manassas Regional Science Fair. The PWCSA Board of Directors issues Organizational Awards to Science Fair participants whose project research aligns with the Authority’s mission and vision.
1st Place - Edwin Vargas
2nd Place - Maralee Bell
3rd Place - Nicholas Shablom
1st Place - Jonathan Brooks
2nd Place - Emma Glass
3rd Place - Aliyah Desautels
Honorable Mention - Julia Buchinsky
To see images from this year's event, click play on the slide show below.
Maintaining a consistent amount of disinfectant in the water throughout the Service Authority’s distribution system is critical to ensuring high quality. Chloramines – a blend of chlorine and ammonia – are added to the water supply at the treatment plant to protect against bacteria and viruses, and last longer in the water system than chlorine alone. Authority personnel perform hundreds of rapid chlorine level tests at water sample collection sites every month. Chlorine levels are also continuously monitored through remote sensors located within the distribution system. If the amount of disinfectant begins to drop in a particular area of the system, the Authority can dispatch its custom-built mobile rechlorination trailer. Most often, the mobile unit is connected at water storage tanks to add chloramines to water in specific areas. Levels are more likely to need a boost during the summer months as heat causes chloramines to dissipate more rapidly. The Service Authority’s comprehensive water quality testing and regulatory compliance program is an essential part of providing customers with clean, high quality water.
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