New water tower to increase pressure in Tysons
Construction of a new water storage tank to increase water pressure in the Tysons Corner area has been approved the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
"Relief is finally on the way," Supervisor Gerald Connolly (D-Providence) said as the board approved the application by the City of Falls Church to build the tower.
The city provides water to parts of McLean and Tysons Corner on a contractual basis with the county.
"I have constituents who cannot take a shower and use their dishwasher at the same time," Connolly said.
The 97-foot-high tank, holding 2.2 million gallons, will replace a tank 55 feet high with a capacity of 1.57 million gallons.
The site adjoins the Clyde's restaurant property at Leesburg Pike (Route 7) and Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) and is near a federal communications tower that was built on the highest point in the county.
The new installation is to be completed by July 2002.
The board was informed that construction cannot begin immediately because of a factory backlog of orders for tanks.
A county staff report said the additional water storage will meet fire protection standards and "will improve water supply and services in the Tysons Corner area and in other portions of the Falls Church Water Service Area."
The city system was installed about 50 years ago, before creation of the County Water Authority.