Highlighted Events

Department of Transportation & Environmental Services Open House and Touch a Truck

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

On hand: lots of different vehicles to climb in and on & the opportunity to talk with the people who operate them; staff from Stormwater, #VisionZeroALX, Complete Streets, Code Enforcement, Recycling/Compost, a Mock Intersection complete with operating traffic light, sample Complete Streets, our traffic operations center will be open & so much more, including our partners DASHBus and AlexandriaRenew!

Water Discovery Day 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

About Water Discovery Day

Join us for a day of family-focused community fun! Drop by to get to know your H2O and meet Alexandria’s water transformers. Go behind the water cycle scene at our block party as you explore, learn and create!

Alexandria Renew Enterprises’ annual community event, Water Discovery Day, is an annual marquee event that inspires water champions in our community and educates all ages about water, our world’s most precious resource.

Event News

When it comes to improving the health of local waterways – particularly the Potomac River – change does not typically happen quickly. But 2017 was a year that demonstrated the progress we are making in keeping our local waterways healthy.

Even though we all need and use water every day, the urban water cycle remains a mystery for many of us. Water Discovery Day was an opportunity to deepen personal connections with our local waterways. The event shed light on where our water comes from, what happens to water after it’s used, and why clean water is vital for our community and a healthy environment. With fun ranging from boat building to water coloring to a water-themed dance class, Water Discovery Day featured a variety of activities hosted by AlexRenew and our community partners for attendees young and old.

Today, the City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) presented the 2018 Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award to Judy Noritake, a former chair of Alexandria Park and Recreation Committee and an advocate of preserving open spaces in the community. Representatives of AlexRenew, the City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission, and the Pickering family presented the award to Noritake at the city’s annual Earth Day event. 

On September 15th, to raise awareness and educate our community about the value of water, AlexRenew participated in the national initiative, Imagine a Day Without Water. AlexRenew took part in several ways: on social media, through employee-submitted photos, and via a community YouTube Live event. September 15th was all about the value of water, and now we're recapping the fun. 

AlexRenew celebrates 60 years of transforming the community’s dirty water. That is 60 years of operating 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year to protect public health and ensure that our community’s streams, rivers, and bays improve for future generations. Let’s take a look back at the early days of AlexRenew, originally Alexandria Sanitation Authority.