Thursday, April 4, 2013
Customers could see a drop in their bills with the elimination of a billing service fee.
Many Alexandrians could see a drop of almost $7 in their quarterly wastewater treatment bills soon with the elimination of a billing services fee. Residents who use less than 45,000 gallons of water each quarter are expected to see the reduction. The average residential customer uses about 12,000 gallons per quarter, according to Alexandria Renew Enterprises. The Alexandria Renew Enterprises’ board of directors announced the change this week as part of a plan to restructure residential and commercial wastewater treatment and disposal charges. For the quickest updates, fan Old Town Alexandria Patch on Facebook and follow @alexandriapatch on Twitter. The change will eliminate the $6.78 account service charge associated with the costs billed …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The new Nutrient Management Facility will be constructed on the west of the Alexandria Renew campus.
Alexandria Renew Enterprises has awarded a contract to Clark Construction Group and Ulliman Schutte Construction to oversee the building of a Nutrient Management Facility and related development on the west side of Alexandria Renew’s campus. The facility will allow the wastewater treatment firm to better manage the biological treatment process that helps remove nitrogen from wastewater, according to the company. The project consists of large, concrete rectangular holding tanks, a pump station, odor-control system and the electrical facilities to power the new equipment. The initiative also will include construction of a new culvert bridge spanning Hooff’s Run to accommodate vehicular traffic between the main water cleaning site and the …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Alexandria Renew Enterprises CEO Karen Pallansch responds to recent Patch article.
Friday, November 30, 2012
To the editor: From reading the comments on Dana Damico’s article in the Patch on the recent increases in water cleaning rates, I can see there is a certain amount of misinformation and confusion about the water, wastewater and collection system billing and rates that I hope to clear up. I can’t speak for Virginia American Water, but I can discuss Alexandria Renew Enterprises. First, let’s accept the fact that rate increases are driven solely by one thing: environmental mandates, driven by public desire for a clean and safe water environment. In November 2006, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) informed wastewater treatment plants throughout the Commonwealth that they would have to remove more nutrients—primarily …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Rate hikes kick in at the same time as Virginia American Water and Alexandria Renew Enterprises roll out new, separate bills.
If your most recent water bill seemed higher than normal, it was. Did you notice that the cost of treating your wastewater went up too? This fall, for the first time, Alexandria residents and businesses received separate bills for their water and the cost of cleaning it. Virginia American Water, which supplies water to homes and businesses in the city and beyond, unexpectedly announced last year it would no longer provide third-party billing services. So, the wastewater treatment costs formerly included on the quarterly bills, were sent separately by Alexandria Renew Enterprises. The company changed its name from the Alexandria Sanitation Authority. When the separate bills started appearing in mailboxes in October, some customers were …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
AlexRenew Chief Executive Officer Karen Pallansch offers a reminder about the new bill ratepayers began receiving in October.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
This is a reminder about the new bill that Alexandria Renew Enterprises’ ratepayers began receiving, starting on Oct. 1. Alexandria Renew Enterprises is your wastewater treatment facility. Formerly named the Alexandria Sanitation Authority, our job is to clean your dirty water to the highest of standards. Our new name, which debuted on Earth Day 2012, reflects our growing role as the community’s resource recovery center. In the past, Virginia America Water included the cost of our services in the water bill its customers received. However, in late 2011, it informed us that it would no longer provide third-party billing services. That meant we had to create a whole separate bill just for our water cleaning services. We wanted to inform …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Staff Sgt. Priestly Mitchell will be honored for his tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Alexandria Renew Enterprises employee Staff Sgt. Priestly Mitchell will receive the Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association Heroism Award. Mitchell, who has worked at Alexandria Renew since 2006 as a control system technician, has been called to active duty twice – first deployed to Iraq in 2004 with the Army National Guard and just recently returned from a tour with the Air Force National Guard in Afghanistan. Mitchell’s commanding officers in Iraq and Afghanistan offered praise, according to ARE. One wrote: “As a young combat engineer and equipment operator SGT Mitchell consistently displayed a calm, unflappable manner. His lighthearted demeanor served to settle his subordinates and empower his leaders. His expertise …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Partnership between Alexandria Renew Enterprises and Carlyle Plaza to use new environmentally friendly strategies such as reclaimed water to irrigate open spaces.
City Council voted 7-0 on Saturday for the go-ahead on a plan crafted by Alexandria Renew Enterprises and Carlyle Plaza for the Eisenhower East area of the city. “The plan is transformational on many different levels,” said Alexandria Renew Enterprises CEO Karen Pallansch. Pallansch explained that the project takes an industrial tract "that is little more than an eyesore" and aims to create an attractive block between Renew and the Carlyle Plaza development that will feature about five acres of public greenspace. "Second, this is the first time that we have been able to get in on the ground floor with a major developer and incorporate sustainable practices into a design of this scope," she said. The project brings a new color to the city’s…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
In an event hosted by Alexandria-based Water Environment Federation and the German Embassy, officials discussed energy efficient ways to aid cities.
A German mayor and a group of government and technical professionals met this week in Old Town to discuss technologies that can be used to generate energy from wastewater. The event was co-sponsored by the German Embassy and Alexandria-based Water Environment Federation to explore and start a dialogue on the technical, economic and political feasibilities of such an approach. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille welcomed fellow mayor of the City of Bottrop, Germany, Bernd Tischler, and guests from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Environmental Protection Agency, the German Embassy and Alexandria Renew Enterprises—formerly the Alexandria Sanitation Authority. Attendees toured AlexRenew’s award winning water-cleaning facility and learned about …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The change takes effect during the city's Earth Day celebration on Saturday.
The Alexandria Sanitation Authority formally will become Alexandria Renew Enterprises on Saturday, during the city’s Earth Day celebration at Ben Brenman Park. ASA cleans wastewater for nearly 350,000 people in the City of Alexandria and part of Fairfax County. Its goal when it began operating in 1956 was to “afford a nuisance-free effluent discharge” into Hunting Creek and the Potomac River. Since then, the group said its mission has changed “to reflect greater public concerns regarding the environment, energy use, the region’s eco-system and natural resources—particularly clean water.” ARE’s core mission will continue to be cleaning water to meet federal and state standards, but also to renew natural resources and make them available to …