Water Stewardship


Water Stewardship

AlexRenew protects the public’s health while helping to restore the bounty of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watershed. Since our beginnings in 1952, we’ve taken deliberate and focused action to help restore water quality and reduce nutrients entering the watershed. You see the results in our advanced water treatment facility, and our latest capital improvement projects.

Watershed Protection

Brother Sister Kayaking Landscape

AlexRenew places the health of our watershed at the forefront of our operations. Our engineering experts utilize industry-leading technologies to design, operate, and maintain high-quality wastewater systems that meet the strictest environmental health standards.

Protecting the environmental health of our community is one of our most fundamental objectives. By practicing conscientious water stewardship today, we create a healthier environment for future generations.

Wastewater Treatment

Since our beginnings in 1952, we’ve taken deliberate and focused action to help restore water quality and reduce nutrients entering our local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. You see the results in our advanced water treatment facility and our latest capital improvement projects.

There are a lot of good reasons why keeping our water clean is an important priority:

  • Fishing: Clean water is critical to plants and animals that live in water. This is important to the fishing industry, sport fishing enthusiasts, and future generations.
  • Wildlife Habitats: Our rivers and ocean waters teem with life that depends on shoreline, beaches and marshes. They are critical habitats for hundreds of species of fish and other aquatic life. Migratory water birds use the areas for resting and feeding.
  • Recreation and Quality of Life: Water is a great playground for us all. The scenic and recreational values of our waters are reasons many people choose to live where they do. Visitors are drawn to nearby waterways and water activities such as fishing, boating, biking and picnicking.
  • Health Concerns: If it is not properly cleaned, water can carry disease. Since we live, work and play so close to water, harmful bacteria have to be removed to make water safe.
Man and Dog in Potomac Enjoying Water

Take Action

To improve the health of our watershed and local waterways, we all must do our part. Our everyday actions can have a big impact on improving the health of our watershed. By making simple changes in our lives, each one of us can take part in protecting the Potomac and restoring the Bay for future generations to enjoy.

  1. Do Not Flush: When you use your toilet, shower, washing machine or dishwasher, wastewater leaves your home through pipes that connect to the sewer system. Many materials frequently flushed or poured down the drain can harm the pipes that connect to the sewer system. Basically, the only things you should ever flush down a toilet are human waste (urine and feces) and toilet paper. 

    Even though some products such as wipes and baby diapers claim to be flushable, they aren't. 
    Wipes Villain

    Here is a list of some things to keep out of the toilet:
    •    disposable diapers
    •    tampons and tampon applicators
    •    sanitary napkins
    •    cotton balls and swabs
    •    mini or maxi pads
    •    condoms
    •    cleaning wipes of any kind (even the ones that say “flushable”)
    •    facial tissue
    •    contact lenses
    •    bandages and bandage wrappings
    •    automotive fluids
    •    paint, solvents, sealants and thinners
    •    poisons and hazardous waste
    •    pet poop
    FOG Villain
  2. Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG): Grease in sewer pipes causes sewer maintenance problems for property owners and the city. Never pour grease in your sink drain and try to use your garbage disposal less.
    Medication Villain
  3. Unused Medications: Do not flush unused medications down the toilet. You can safely dispose of medications in the garbage, or take medications to an approved prescription drug take-back site or event.
  4. Household chemicals: Follow safe and legal disposal methods of paint, motor oil and other household chemicals. 
  5. Personal Care Products: Use toxic-free personal products like lotions, cosmetics and perfumes to keep toxic chemicals from washing down the drain and into our waterways.
  6. Water Quality: To learn about additional ways to protect water quality in and around your home, visit our One Water partner at Alexandria City’s Protect Your Water Quality. 
  7. Watershed: For further tips & how-to’s to protect our watershed, visit the Chesapeake Bay Program

Award-Winning Environmental Stewards

We’re proud of the recognition we receive for our environmental efforts and our leadership in the clean water industry: