I wanted to alert you to a very B.S. situation involving DC Water. A DCW pipe broke in the street in front of our house on Kenyon St NW last October. Nothing weather-related; it was a perfectly sunny day. The pipe break flooded our basement and our neighbors’ basements before DCW turned it off. We needed to hire multiple contractors and sub-contractors to clean up the flooding, which cost us $3,500. (more…)
From Alert DC just before noon:
“DC Water reports a water outage in the area of U St NW between 17th St and Florida St NW affecting 40 homes. Estimated time of restoration is 10-12 hours. Please take all needed precautions.”
“Pepco reports a power outage in the Navy Yard and Southwest Waterfront neighborhoods affecting approximately 1240 customers. Estimated time of restoration is 8 pm. Please take all needed precautions.”
“Pepco reports a power outage in the Mount Vernon Square & Logan Circle/ Shaw neighborhoods affecting approximately 1600 customers. At this time, a restoration time is pending assessment.”
“Woodley Road between 32nd and 34th. Much respect for them for working all day and night in these conditions!” Photo by Joel.
From DC Water:
“Temperatures in the region are nearing zero this week, causing broken water mains, frozen pipes and burst household plumbing. DC Water is currently attending to nearly 50 active water main breaks and is fielding more than 200 emergency weather-related calls per day.
In addition to the Authority’s Water Services crews, DC Water also calls upon contractors to assist when there are this many breaks. DC Water crews in other operational areas are also cross-trained to assist as needed. Still, at times like this, the mains are breaking faster than we can fix them. So, we assess each one and prioritize water main repairs based on several factors such as severity of the break, impact to customers and the environment, potential damage to public and private property, and unsafe traffic conditions due to street flooding or icing. DC Water can provide salt for icing due to water main breaks.
PLEASE REPORT WATER MAIN BREAKS
Anyone observing water running from streets or sidewalks is encouraged to report the leak to DC Water. Report a problem online at dcwater.com/report-problem, call DC Water’s 24-hour line at (202) 612-3400 or tweet @dcwater with a picture and location.
PREVENT FROZEN PIPES (more…)
1330 V Street, NW
Lorenzo sends the shot above from V Street:
“ice rink developing at Harrison Recreation Center caused by broken water fountain”
DC Water has tweeted:
“If you have an emergency or see something that should be brought to our attention, tweet us (@dcwater), or call the 24/7 Command Center at (202) 612-3400.”
DC Water has been alerted to these cases.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw
The following was written by by Robert Robinson Chair, DC Consumer Utility Board. PoP-Ed. posts may be written about anything related to the District and submitted via email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail please include PoP-Ed. in the subject line.
“For years DC’s Combined Water and Sewer (CSS) system spewed sewerage into the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek during heavy storms or snowmelts.
For years, beginning in the 1980s, my DC water bills informed me that I was paying charges to replace the CSS.
I doubt that any of that work was done before 2005.
Now there’s hell to pay.
Low-, middle-, and fixed-income families, senior citizens, churches and nonprofit organizations, and small businesses are paying the lion’s share of the clean-up costs–with ever-rising water bills.
At the heart of the problem is D.C. Water’s $ 2.6 billion system to stop the Combined Sewer System’s overflows from contaminating the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek, by containing the effluent in a mammoth two-tunnel system and sending it to DC Water’s 153-acre Blue Plains wastewater treatment facility.
The system is funded by the Impervious Areas Charge (IAC) under a Clean Rivers Project created by a 2005 Consent Decree.
But why does St. Paul’s Rock Creek Parish Church cemetery — thick with trees and graves and few impervious roads — pay a $200,000 impervious Area Charge annually, comparable to the $209,000 paid by the Washington, DC Nationals Stadium?
It’s not like the cemetery’s dead are producing stormwater runoff, drinking water, showering, flushing toilets and doing laundry at the rate of a 44,000-seat stadium that operates 19 parking lots. (more…)
First Pepco and now:
I’ve no love for Pepco but this is a fantastic font. From an F Street transom:
Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw Raw
From an email:
“PoPville’s post on our geysering DC Water bills, and the comments it garnered, helped convince ANC 4D a community Water Forum was needed to support productive discussion on the city’s increasing water challenges.
Strange and frightening charges are turning up on our water bills.
And, as the heavy rainstorms last summer proved, DC residents are experiencing more-frequent dangerous flooding in our homes and streets.
As DC careens into a new, wetter climate era, what do these alarming trends portend for us? And what can we do about them?
Ask your questions, and get answers at the ANC 4D Water Forum:
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30 pm
Washington Latin Public Charter School
5200 2nd St NW (between Ingraham and Hamilton)
This will be a calm, respectful, yet candid engagement with DC Water and DOEE representatives aimed at getting the real story behind all the bill increases and the environmental challenges ahead. We will also hear how City Council is researching these issues and what it is considering to do in response.
Nancy E. Roth,
Commissioner, ANC 4D”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Rob Cannon
Do people have experience with the Customer Choice options to Washington Gas? We are moving and will have gas in our new home (woo hoo!), but am curious if we should go with the Washington Gas standby (which has awful reviews on Yelp), or opt for one of the other options available. Any advice is much appreciated!
From DC’s Public Service Commission website:
Currently, three competitive suppliers and WGL accept new residential customers. They are:
Gateway Energy Services (877-893-6374 or e-mail [email protected])
NOVEC Energy Solutions (888-627-7283 or e-mail [email protected])
Washington Gas Energy Services (888-884-9437 or e-mail [email protected])
WGL (703-750-1000 or e-mail [email protected])”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.
From Councilmember Todd’s newsletter which features a message from DC Water (see excerpt below). The “retroactively charging” is extremely concerning and raises more questions than it answers. How far back will they go? Could a homeowner be responsible for a previous owner’s “underpaid” water bills? I think this is definitely something readers would be interested in given past posts about people experiencing high water bills.
“While it may be frustrating to now see your bill increase, we feel pretty strongly that it makes the overall system better to have everyone paying for precisely the water they use – no more and no less. And in most cases we are retroactively seeking payment for the water that we undercharged customers for.”