What would happen if a wastewater treatment company proposed to put one of its plants in a burgeoning, urban Alexandria neighborhood?
An absolute no go, right?
Such a thing has taken place in the Carlyle neighborhood.
The plant’s treated water makes its way to the Chesapeake Bay, a much needed infusion that will reduce unhealthy nitrogen discharge that has polluted its waters. The Potomac River has also benefited this way.
The new facility, expected to open in the fall, consists of an environmental center and a soccer/multi-purpose field. The field lies on top of the facility, which takes measures to eliminate any foul odors. The environmental center, also slated for a fall opening, will provide educational panels and a place for students to learn more about environmental progress.
What’s great about this part of the neighborhood is the built in protection against cut through car traffic. The Beltway and Hooff’s Creek give it a permanent protection this way. Steps away, a new 33-story, cantalivered residential tower will rise up. The city also has plans to construct a trail that will ran past this property.
Enjoyed reading Alex Renew’s timeline of water milestones in the city. We ask them to include Benjamin Hallowell, who served as the Alexandria Water Company’s first president.
A Quaker educator who ran the famed Hallowell School for Boys on N. Washington Street, Hallowell came up with the idea and the plans for the new operation. The water flowed from Cameron Run to Shuter’s Hill. This new operation saved lives. The privies in the city were located not far from water wells. Epidemics spread by contaminated water, had taken lives, including three of Hallowell’s four children.
Hallowell’s new water system was meet with much approval. We bet this one will be too.