Monday, March 11, 2013
Tap water in DC, Arlington County and Falls Church will temporarily be treated with chlorine, instead of chloramine during spring cleaning.
As part of an annual "spring cleaning," the Washington Aqueduct will switch from treating drinking water with chloramine to chlorine from March 18 through April 29, impacting customers in DC, Arlington County and Falls Church. The switch is part of a routine program to clean and maintain water distribution systems in the impacted areas. Water authorities will also conduct system-wide flushing to enhance water quality, according to a press release from DC Water. During the cleaning period when chlorine is in use, customers may notice a change in the smell and taste of their drinking water. "Local water authorities recommend running the cold water tap for approximately two minutes and refrigerating cold tap water for a few hours to reduce …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Ward 2 Town Hall meeting is next week.
DC Water will adress questions and concerns about increasing water rates and the clean rivers project, which may impact the Georgetown waterfront, at the Ward 2 town hall meeting March 14. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. DC Water General Manager and Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans are co-hosting the meeting which will highlight topics including: Earlier this week Patch reported that several Georgetown leaders, including Evans and the ANC, have raised concerns about the impact the Clean River project could have on the Georgetown waterfront. The project, if executed as it is currently designed, would involve digging beneath the Potomac River waterbed to create a 58 million gallon storage tunnel …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The Clean Rivers Project may impact the Georgetown waterfront.
DC Water wants to pursue green infrastructure projects as a possible alternative to constructing a massive 58 million gallon storage tunnel beneath the Potomac River in Georgetown. But Georgetown community leaders, including the Advisory Neighborhood Commission and Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans, have expressed concerns in recent days about what would happen if that tunnel does have to be built. Both the green infrastructure and the possible storage tunnel are part of the federally mandated effort to reduce and essentially eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSO) into the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek. In some areas of the city, including Georgetown, waste water and rain water share the same sewer pipes that flow to the Blue …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
DC Water has been holding tryouts to be Wendy/Wendell the Water Drop mascot.
DC Water rebranded itself from DC WASA in 2010 and has held a series of auditions trying to find a new ambassador in the form of a mascot: Wendy/Wendell the Water Drop. "The Water Drop has become a popular ambassador for DC Water, by engaging and entertaining children and adults at DC Water-sponsored activities and various public outreach events across the District," DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins said in a press release. Calls for tryouts said the agency is looking for "energetic and versatile individuals" with flexible schedules and reliable transportation. The part time position is paid. The last set of auditions was Friday. Judges in the form of DC Water Staff were tasked with evaluating candidates for their "agility, …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
GU now reporting low water pressure after Reservoir Road, R, S and T Streets lose service Wednesday.
Update Dec. 20 DC Water spokeswoman Pamela Mooring told Patch that some customers in the area may have experienced "sputtering of air or discolored water when turning on their faucets" because of earlier work in the area related to the water outage. According to Mooring, "If this happens, please flush your faucets, beginning with the lowest elevation in your home, until the water flows normally and clear. We are available for questions at (202) 612-3400 anytime. http://goo.gl/maps/iHCdI". Update 12:44 pm: An email from Georgetown University indicates the earlier outage in Burleith may have affected campus water service, too. The text of the email runs below. Update 11:46 a.m.: Water service has been restored to the area. The incident …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The metal plates on M Street at the Key Bridge should soon be removed.
Drivers all-too-familiar with the steel plates and uncomfortable dip in M Street near the Key Bridge have something to look forward to: these nuisances should disappear when DCWater completes its Large Valve Replacement Project in mid-December. The project began in Georgetown in September 2011 and was supposed to be completed in September 2012. "The construction schedule has been extended to allow needed further coordination," according to Emanuel Briggs, a community outreach manager for DC Water. Briggs said extra coordination with the District Department of Transportation, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission and other impacted groups was necessary to work on "the most active insection in the city." Another reason for the extended …
Friday, September 21, 2012
D.C. Water is on the scene in Georgetown working on a water main break.
D.C. Water is working on a broken water main at Wisconsin Avenue and R Street, NW. According to the utility's Emergency Command Center, crews will have to turn off water to the main on which they are working, impacting area residents and businesses. Repair efforts typically take between six and eight hours. Patch will provide updates as more information becomes available.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A DC Water project will close one westbound lane on M Street near the Key Bridge.
Through Sept. 15 there will be one westbound lane of M Street closed near the Key Bridge between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. as DC Water crews replace critical infrastructure. Work days are Monday through Friday. The work on M Street between Potomac Street and the Key Bridge is part of the Large Valve Replacements Project. The project will "improve water quality and system reliability, increase water pressure in some areas, and maintain adequate flows throughout the system," according to the DC Water website. "Excavation operations will result in extreme noise during abbreviated periods. Please anticipate traffic stops and delays within the vicinity until the project is complete," advised a notice from the Georgetown Business …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A six-inch service line is broken on M Street between Wisconsin Avenue and 31st Street.
DC Water crews are repairing a broken six-inch service line on the 3100 block of M Street in Georgetown. Pamela Mooring, a spokesperson for DC Water, told Patch that the work is taking place on the north side of the street and that some 10 businesses including restaurants were impacted by outages. Employees at both Ben & Jerry's and Old Glory confirmed that they were closed because of the outage. Mooring told Patch that because the break was in a service line rather than a larger water main, the work should not block traffic or require any street closures. Work began around 1 p.m. and could last until 9 p.m. according to DC Alerts. This article was updated at 2:35 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
DC Water is working on Wisconsin Avenue at W Place, but traffic should not be impacted.
DC Water crews are repairing a broken 12-inch water main located on Wisconsin Avenue between W Place and Observatory Lane NW. There may be a disruption in water service for customers in the areauntil repairs are complete. According to the alert from DCWater, traffic is not impacted by the repair work. The utility company expects repairs to be complete by 5 p.m. Should you have questions, you may contact the DCWater Emergency Command Center 202-612-3400 firstname.lastname@example.org.