About that Water Main Break by Sette Osteria

R and Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to [email protected] for tweeting us the update on the water main break outside Sette Osteria on R Street.

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  • Most people would be shocked to know the condition of the pipes below the ground. In some cases, our water is still ne delivered by wooden pipes! The gas pipelines in DC are in even worse shape – and more dangerous! Unfortunately, as long as water comes out of the faucet or the stove lights up, governments ignore the needed upkeep. When there are water main breaks or natural gas leak scares, it begins to get a little attention, but this is a major issue in DC. It needs to be addressed.

    • It’s a major issue all over the country. But what are the alternatives when there is no budget for “proactively tearing up the streets to replace aging infrastructure”? It gets addressed either A) when it fails, or B) when there is major work being done anyway and they have things already torn up. I know that for the 1st St Tunnel project in Bloomingdale they are replacing a LOT of water and gas lines while the neighborhood streets are basically torn down to the bedrock. And when they replace the main lines they have to replace all of the branches on affected streets. They replaced a big chunk of the old gas lines with new plastic piping and standardized the meter placements. So a lot of work does get done when the opportunity presents itself. Same thing goes for Pepco and burying service lines and replacing transformers (major alley upgrades were done when the city city repaved)

      • Many cities have multi-year plans for replacement and upgrade of pipe systems. It’s not as complicated as make it sound. Look at Boston and Chicago. Does it require construction work? Yes. But it also creates jobs and benefits residents as well. The point is you need a multi-year plan. It can’t all be done at once, but it can be done. Being proactive saves money in the long run.

    • Unrelated (sort of), but curious if anyone has had any experience having gas run to their home? There is a gas line (somewhere) nearby, but for some reason, my home was never connected to it so I’m all electric. Curious the relative cost/hassle to have that done?

      • If you go to the Washington Gas website there’s a form to fill out to get an estimate from them to run the line to your house. Then you have to contract Roth a plumber to bring it inside from the street. The estimate from the gas co. is free. Hope this helps!

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