Howardsville Wastewater Project

Adequate treatment and disposal of sewage is critical to protecting public health, the environment and the quality of life in Loudoun County. In 2011, Loudoun County completed a Water and Wastewater Needs Assessment that identified communities with potential wastewater needs. Howardsville was identified as a community experiencing or at risk of experiencing problems with wastewater systems. 

About the Project

In response to concerns about on-site wastewater systems in Howardsville, the county commissioned a study to review current conditions in the community and recommend potential solutions. The study recommends that Howardsville be served by a community wastewater system. The Howardsville Wastewater Project is funded through the county’s Capital Improvement Program, and the completed system will be owned and operated by Loudoun Water. 

Type of Wastewater System

The proposed community wastewater system will consist of a low pressure wastewater collection system, a small wastewater treatment plant, and a subsurface drainfield. 

Location of the Wastewater System

The preferred system layout is to have the sewer mains run through Howardsville and discharge to a wastewater treatment plant and drainfield on a large parcel of land near the community. A parcel has been identified and a final system location will be determined when the system design is finalized. 

Projected Completion

Once the county and Loudoun Water determine that the site will be suitable for a community wastewater system, steps will be taken to finalize an easement for this purpose. Next steps in the project include design, permit approvals, construction, and final site and administration activities. 

Project Updates

Loudoun County staff will provide updates by email, letter and personal visits, scheduled at times convenient for residents. When items of significant importance need to be discussed, staff will schedule a community meeting. An initial community meeting was held on January 5, 2019. 


Questions about the Howardsville Wastewater Project can be directed to Scott Fincham, Department of General Services, at 703-771-5520 or Email Scott Fincham.