Monday, March 19, 2012
The Washington Aqueduct will switch from chloramine to chlorine from March 26 through May 7.
As the Washington Aqueduct performs its annual spring cleaning, the water treatment facility will switch from chloramine to chlorine between March 26 and May 7. During that time, residents may notice an unusual smell or odor. According to a press release, the switch is used to "clean and maintain" the water distribution systems in D.C., Arlington County and Falls Church. To try to eliminate or at least reduce the odor and taste, water authorities recommend "running the cold water tap for approximately two minutes and refrigerating cold tap water for a few hours," according to the press release. DC Water: 202-612-3440 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or 202-612-3400 (24-hour) www.dcwater.com.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Area customers make experience water outages
DC Water crews/contractors are currently repairing a broken eight-inch water main located on T Street between 38th and 39th Streets. The expected hours of work is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Some customers in the area may experience a disruption in water service until repairs are complete. Traffic is not impacted by the repair work.
Monday, July 11, 2011
DC Water will begin a two-phase repair project to rehabilitate a 48-inch water main on Canal Road NW and M Street NW.
DC Water will begin work on the two-phase internal joint repairs project today, impacting traffic on Canal Road and M Street. One eastbound lane on Canal Road will be closed during work hours, which are between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. From Sunday through Thursday work will take place between 9:30 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. The work involves rehabilitating a 48-inch water main, which is part of a larger transmission main that delivers drinking water to various locations in and around the District. The repairs should will fix a main known for consistent leakages that have led to icy conditions along the surrounding roadway, according to Emanuel Briggs, construction outreach coordinator for DC Water. The first phase of the …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
District of Columbia Residents: Your Tap Water Results.
The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) has released its 2010 Drinking Water Quality Report, the most comprehensive drinking water resource delivered to District residents each year. The report provides valuable information about the water flowing from the Potomac River to taps throughout the city. "Water is life, and in the nation’s capital, the job of supplying, reclaiming and recycling water belongs to DC Water," said DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins. "I believe it is important for our customers to know where the water comes from, how it gets to their homes or businesses, and water monitoring results performed every year." Annually, DC Water conducts more than 30,000 water quality tests. The Drinking …
Monday, January 24, 2011
D.C. Water crews are one the scene of a leaking pipe at 1420 Wisconsin Ave.
D.C. Water crews continue their work on a leaking water main at 1420 Wisconsin Ave. The leak was first reported Jan. 11. Traffic is limited to one lane in each direction as construction equipment and utility vans clog a small section of Wisconsin Avenue. The problem is a leaking two-inch service line. The repairs only affect the individual service line connecting the former home of Commander Salamander to the main line; neighboring businesses should not experience any water outage. The repair is scheduled to be completed today, though permanent restoration at the site will occur later, according to D.C. Water Coordinator of Construction Outreach Emanuel Briggs. Briggs said the agency has until Sunday, Feb. 27 to complete the restoration.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
DC Water is repairing a broken water main on P Street between 31st Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
Upwards of 40 homes on P Street between 31st Street and Wisconsin Avenue will have water outages for the next six hours. DC Water crews are on the scene of a water main break. Work should last approximately six hours an will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Customers may experience water outages during that time. Repair work should not impact traffic.
Monday, December 20, 2010
The Environmental Working Group issued a report that reveals the levels of chromium-6 in 35 cities across the United States, including Washington, D.C.
A report from the Environmental Working Group shows that carcinogenic hexavalent chromium (chromium-6) is found in the water supply in 31 out of 35 U.S. cities tested, including Washington, D.C. The report raises concerns about the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not currently have a legal limit for chromium-6 and does not require tests for the chemical, which is also known as the Erin Brockovich chemical. According to the EWG, chromium-6 comes from steel and pulp mills, metal-plating and leather-tanning facilities, and soil and rock erosion. The city with the highest level was Norman, OK where rates were 12.9 part per billion (ppb). Washington, D.C. registered with 0.19 ppb. (See chart for other cities…
Monday, December 13, 2010
The 3300 block of Prospect St. is closed between 34th and Banks Sts. and repairs continue on the 3200 block of Prospect after Sunday's road collapse.
If you are contemplating using Prospect St. to get through Georgetown today, think again. Repairs to a sewer line have the 3300 block closed between 34th and Banks Sts. and continuing work on the 3200 block has cars sharing one lane of traffic. DC Water's repairs to the sewer line should wrap up by 2:30 p.m. After yesterday's road collapse on the 3200 block of Prospect, crews today finished work on the exposed gas line and have filled in the gaping hole the collapse left in the street. According to one Washington Gas employee on the scene, the ground had looked unsteady prior to the collapse. The employee said we were lucky that the debris had not hit or damaged the line,which could have exploded he said. Gravel and rocks now fill the …
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
A Centers for Disease Control Report released Dec. 1 caused speculation that District residents were still being exposed to too much lead. DC Water offers answers for worried residents.
D.C. residents who had their lead service lines (LSL) partially replaced between 1998 and 2006 were exposed to levels of lead in their water that were dangerous to pregnant women, children and others with weakened immune systems, according to a recently released Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report. The Washington Post first reported the findings, stating that some 15,000 homes might still face high exposure levels. Sarah Neiderer a water outreach specialist with DC Water said that while the CDC report raised genuine concerns about prior exposure, the agency does not believe homes are currently at great risk for lead exposure. Neiderer said the Post reported the findings "incorrectly." The agency discontinued the process of …
Monday, November 15, 2010
Georgetown's historic nature means old sewers, but that will change over the next 15 years with a $2.6 billion project.
The D.C. Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is a small wonder and a friend of the environment. At least that's what DC Water General Manager George Hawkins tried to express to a group of reporters recently. But Georgetown's outdated sewer system leaves something to be desired. Changes coming over the next 15 years will allow Blue Plains to process more wastewater and improve the quality of the Potomac River. The Blue Plains facility in SW D.C. serves the District, MD and VA for a total of 726 square miles of coverage and has the capacity to treat 370 million gallons of wastewater a day. In D.C. alone, DC Water operates 1,800 miles of sanitary and combined sewers. Georgetown's historic buildings and the age of the established…