System Improvements and Operations
- The Town's Water Treatment Plant is currently rated at 12.5 million gallons per day (MGD) production capacity.
- Expansion and upgrade of the Water Treatment Plant was completed in July 2008 at a cost of approximately $19.5 million.
- The Town's water system meets or exceeds all current and anticipated Safe Drinking Water regulations promulgated by the U.S. EPA, explained in the Town's current water quality report.
- The Town's Water Treatment Plant has received the Award for Water Treatment Plant Performance Excellence in Granular Media Filtration and Clarification from the Virginia Department of Health for the past fourteen years.
- The Town's 2010-2014 Capital Improvements Program brought 2 new elevated water storage tanks (Carr Tank #2 and Sycolin Tank) into the system boosting available water storage to 8 million gallons.
- The Town's 2011-2015 Capital Improvements Program included recoating the interior of an existing elevated water storage tank (Hogback Mountain Tank) and modifying its water inlet and outlet pipes to improve water turn over rate and avoid water stagnation.
There are over 220 miles of water mains beneath the ground in Leesburg, mostly under the pavement. The water mains carry water to homes and businesses from the Kenneth B. Rollins Water Treatment Plant and one groundwater well. There are currently five water storage tanks, (Carr Tank #1, Carr Tank #2, Hospital Tank, Hogback Mountain Tank, and Sycolin Tank) that maintain a reserve of eight million gallons of water for domestic and fire protection needs. There are four water booster stations that aid in filling the tanks and help maintain adequate pressures and flows within the pipe network of four separate pressure zones. Leesburg’s water mains range in size from 4 inches to 24 inches in diameter, and there are 8,650 valves which are used to shut off water flow when repairs are needed or when new water mains are added to the network. Homes and businesses are protected from fire with 2,700 fire hydrants distributed throughout the Town and some homes and businesses are additionally protected through internal fire sprinkler systems tied to the Town's pipe network.