Rappahannock River The ability of groundwater resources to meet the needs of Fauquier County over time, in terms of both water quantity and water quality, is unknown. Considerable work is needed and is on-going to help us understand this resource and to plan for the future.   

Presentations at the Conservation Roundtable, July 31, 2017

County residents outside of the Town of Warrenton rely exclusively on groundwater for their water supply needs. In decades past, the County explored surface water options including reservoirs, and due to high costs, impacts on historic and environmental resources, and public opposition, the Board of Supervisors abandoned the idea in favor of groundwater.

Over the past 20 years or so, the County, in conjunction with the Water and Sanitation Authority, has undertaken numerous investigations and projects focused on building water supply capacity within Service Districts. Additional approaches to monitor and protect our groundwater resources are needed to ensure a quality water supply for future generations.

In September 2014, the Board of Supervisors, Water and Sanitation Authority, and Planning Commission participated in a groundwater summit to discuss current issues and future needs.  In January 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved a multi-year groundwater study to better understand the nature and characteristics of Fauquier County’s groundwater resources.

References

1. September 2014 Groundwater Summit

An audio recording may be obtained through the Department of Community Development (540-422-8210) email

2. Long-range Groundwater Study, 2016 
(Initiated as a result of the Water Summit)

3. Previous Hydrogeologic Studies

4. Water Supply Plan

5. Drought Management Plan

5. Fauquier County Watersheds

 

FAQs

  • If I’m on a private well and worried about water supply, how can I connect to the public water system?
  • Are Fauquier County’s groundwater aquifers vulnerable?
  • How abundant are Fauquier County’s groundwater resources?
  • Are vegetative buffers required for Fauquier County streams?
  • Are Fauquier County’s streams clean?
  • What is an “MS4 Permit”?
  • Where can I get more information on groundwater-related issues?
  • What are the common types of aquifers in Fauquier?
  • How quickly does water move through aquifers?
  • What Is Groundwater?
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