Topic: Problem with Lead Pipe Replacement Program
Problem with Lead Pipe Replacement Program
Hi fellow Popvillians,
I wanted to tap collective wisdom and see if anyone had experience with lead pipe replacement. I’ve hit a brick wall with the process and am not too sure how to proceed.
The long story short is that I applied for and WASA submitted a notice to proceed to the WASA contractor on 16 Nov. My WASA contact (Mr. Walsh) said that their contractor responsible for obtaining the permits and carrying out the work was a bit slow, and that I may have to wait 6 weeks before the permit would be issued. As we inched toward the end of 6 weeks, I was told it would be closer to 8 weeks. Now, I’m sitting at 10 weeks, and apparently WASA’s contractor still doesn’t have a permit in hand. While Mr. Walsh from WASA has been very nice, responsive to my emails and apologetic about the delay, I don’t have much faith that I won’t be sitting in the same position a few weeks from now.
I know this city is notoriously difficult when it comes to permits, but while I’ve had delays with DCRA, I’ve always been able to move things along by continual follow up, visits, etc. But, here, I’m not sure the ins and out of the process and don’t know what I should be doing, who I should be calling, etc. I am willing to take a day or two off work to stand in whatever lines I need to, or even hire a professional permit person to push this through… Does anyone have some insight?
Many thanks in advance and happy Saturday night!