Many of the residents of McLean, Tysons Corner, Merrifield and the Falls Church areas of Fairfax County get their water from Falls Church Water, rather than Fairfax Water. This has been a longstanding source of enmity between the two jurisdictions, particularly when the city of Falls Church was found to be taking profits from its Fairfax customers and spending them on its Falls Church residents. And about 90 percent of Falls Church Water’s customers live in Fairfax County.
But now, Fairfax Supervisor John Foust (Dranesville) tells Bobbi Bowman in the McLean Patch that it’s time to resolve this whole deal by just buying Falls Church Water. "I feel this is a good time for the city [of Falls Church] and Fairfax Water to try to resolve this long-running issue,” Foust told Bowman. “Although Fairfax County is currently suing the city for a refund of overpaid water charges, I do not believe there is any current litigation pending between Fairfax Water and the city.”
The proposal arose after Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields appeared at a McLean Citizens Association meeting on Wednesday to discuss another rate increase. Falls Church Water customers pay a significantly higher rate than Fairfax Water customers, and the Falls Church city council sets the rate.
Other elected officials, including state Delegates Barbara Comstock and Jim Scott, told Bowman they agreed with the idea. The concept has been tossed around for 25 years, apparently, but Foust thinks it may gain some traction this time.
Here is Bowman’s very well-reported story in the Patch.