Stafford plans utility pipe upgrades for Ferry Farm area

As Stafford County’s population continues to grow, so does the demand for water and sanitation services. Like the Ferry Farm, the water and wastewater infrastructure is reaching the end of its useful life and needs to be repaired, replaced or refurbished in more established neighborhoods. The goal and intent of the 3Rs projects is to ensure that Stafford’s water and sewage system continues to function efficiently and meet the present and future needs and expectations of all customers.

In 2020, Stafford County began rehabilitation of aging sewer pipes across the county using a trenchless pipe rehabilitation technique called inversion lining. This trenchless, cured-in-place pipe relining system works by essentially creating a pipe within a pipe. Crews are currently working at Ferry Farm. Residents can hear a loud popping noise when the liner expands in the sewer pipes. This process usually takes five to six hours per pipe section. When the crews are in a certain area, residents are asked to reduce water usage as much as possible while the pipe liner hardens.

Water pipes cannot simply be re-lined, making replacement a more cost-effective upgrade. Supply teams expect Phase One of the waterline replacement project in the Ferry Farm area to begin in the summer of 2021. During the first phase, approximately 300 meters of new waterline will be installed along Braxton Lane and Custis Circle. If existing water meters are connected to the newly installed water pipes, there may be a temporary drop in water pressure and discolored water during the transition. Owners will be informed in advance of any planned service interruptions.

Both projects will ensure that high quality water and sanitation is provided to residents. Thank you for your patience and understanding as our crews work quickly and try to keep any inconvenience to a minimum. The work is to be continued in the next few months. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at (540) 658-8695.

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