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ABINGDON, Va. – The Washington County Service Authority (WCSA) Board of Commissioners recently passed a resolution allocating 250,000 gallons per day (gpd) water capacity to the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Washington County, Va., for the Oak Park Center for Business & Industry.

The capacity allocation is at no cost to the IDA, which means it can be used as a recruitment tool for attracting new industry or incentivizing existing industry to expand. This 10-year reservation can be revisited by WCSA and the IDA at the end of the term for possible extension. The cost of this capacity is valued at approximately $6 million. 

“This resolution demonstrates the collaborative spirit that has existed between the WCSA Board of Commissioners and the IDA,” says Joe Chase, chairman of the WCSA board. “Together, we are working to strengthen the infrastructure that is needed to continue serving business and industry in Washington County.”

Earlier this year, the WCSA and IDA worked cooperatively to create 500,000 gpd of sewer capacity for Oak Park, a project that was completed in July 2013. WCSA contributed $3.2 million to the cost of the project, with the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission providing a grant of $3.89 million. The 500,000 gpd reservation, which was approved by the IDA in 2011, has a 30-year term.

More About WCSA

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2013, the WCSA serves approximately 21,005 water connections and approximately 2,114 wastewater connections in Washington County, Va., and surrounding areas. The water system consists of approximately 900 miles of water line, a 6.6-million-gallon-per-day surface water treatment plant, a 2.5-million-gallon-per-day membrane filtration plant, two springs, one well, 26 pump stations and 20 water storage tanks. The wastewater system consists of approximately 70 miles of wastewater collection lines, 26 lift stations and two wastewater treatment plants. For more information about WCSA, visit www.wcsawater.com.