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James City Service Authority opens Five Forks Water Treatment Facility

Date: April 26, 2005
Contact: Beth Davis, JCSA Environmental Education Coordinator

Phone: (757) 253-6859


The James City Service Authority (JCSA) recently held a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Five Forks Water Treatment Facility nearly two years after ground was broken at the site. The $20 million water treatment facility will ultimately produce 5 million gallons of water daily, which is expected to meet the County's water needs through 2013 at the current growth rate.

"The JCSA is pleased to present this facility to the citizens of James City County on time and on budget," said JCSA General Manager Larry Foster, who noted that planning for the facility began about seven years ago.


Many state and local officials attended the April 22 ceremony, including the City of Williamsburg, Newport News Waterworks, the JCSA Water Conservation Committee, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Health. Also attending were JCSA Board of Directors members John McGlennon, Michael Brown, Bruce Goodson and Andy Bradshaw. The facility's project team consisting of Buchart Horn Inc., WATEK Engineering Corp. and Mid Eastern Builders, Inc. also were represented.

"This is a facility that we're all going to be proud of for many years and one which will provide a direct benefit to the community," stated JCSA Board Chair John McGlennon.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Michael Brown initiated the ceremonial ribbon cutting. "This is truly a wonderful day for James City County. It is a privilege and definitely a pleasure to formally open this facility."

The facility is located on 16 acres behind Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School in the Five Forks area off Route 5. Five on-site wells, ranging from 800- to 1,200-feet deep, draw brackish groundwater from the Middle and Lower Potomac Aquifers. A reverse osmosis treatment process removes salts and other minerals before the potable water is introduced into the JCSA distribution system.

To compliment the character of the community, a recreational field in front of the facility will soon be open for use in partnership with Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School and the County's Parks and Recreation Department. More than 150 years ago, a homestead existed near the planned recreational field. Artifacts dating back to the 1700s have been preserved by the JCSA at the facility.

From left to right, Andy Bradshaw, Bruce Goodson, John McGlennon, Michael Brown



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