Georgetown area residents are invited to take a tour of the DC Water Blue Plains facility (5000 Overlook Ave. SW) and to learn more about the utility's proposal to construct combined sewer overflow tunnels below along the Potomac River near the Georgetown waterfront.
The tour, at 10 a.m. Jan. 9, has limited space for residents.
According to an email from Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Jeff Jones:
"A tour is offered to residents who reside within the boundaries of ANC2e (Georgetown, Hillandale and Burleith). If you are interested in attending, please contact ANC2e Commissioner Jeff Jones no later than Monday, Jan. 7 at noon for more details. Jeffrey.Jones@anc.dc.gov."
Georgetown's historic buildings and the age of the historic neighborhood mean the area has combined sewers that receive both storm water and wastewater. So on rainy days or after a heavy snow, both storm runoff and wastewater are discharged directly into the Potomac River.
DC Water has proposed creating a 58-million-gallon Potomac Storage Tunnel to carry wastewater and storm water from Georgetown to an upgraded Potomac Pumping Station to prevent sewage from emptying into the river.
You can learn more about this project and the Blue Plains plant during the tour Wednesday.
Where Your Water Goes: Part I
Where Your Water Goes: Part II