From DC Water:
“DC Water crews remain on the scene of a hole that opened in the roadway at 17th and D Streets, NW. DC Water is currently continuing excavations and shoring of a trench to expose a 39″ x 58″ sewer that was damaged.
The repairs are expected to take close to a week and require road closures as follows:
17th Street, between C and E Streets, NW; and
D Street, between 15th and 17th Streets, NW
A DC Water sewer investigator yesterday determined that a section of an egg-shaped 39″ by 58″ sewer line was crushed when concrete fell on it.
So far, the PEPCO lines involved have been de-energized of their 230,000 volts of electricity. There are no other utilities affected, but the repair is complex. Once the sewer damage is exposed and assessed, repairs can begin. After the repair, PEPCO will return to restore the power lines, which will be followed by the restoration of the roadway.
DC Water will provide updates throughout the process, which may take up to a week or more. The intersection remains closed to vehicular traffic at this time.”
Thanks to all who messaged around 10:45pm:
“there was just a manhole cover that exploded off of S st NW between 14th and 15th
Fire fighters are here
some people are without power
the north half of the block lost power”
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From DC Water yesterday:
“DC Water this afternoon issued a new reminder for all customers to be aware of and alert to possible scams involving callers or visitors who claim to be from the water authority.
The new warning came after a water customer was convinced to share her credit card information with someone pretending to be from the authority.
In the past, scams involving utility customers have involved visits or in some cases trying to sell water filters or solicit social security numbers. Customers should be aware of the following information: (more…)
Totally random but why does DC water have NY license plates? Found that odd.”
Update: Mystery solved. From DC Water:
“Ah! We have contractors who work for us that rent or use their own vehicles. We give them a decal so the community knows the truck is working with/for us.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Joseph Gruber
From DC Water:
“Six months ago, DC Water placed into service the first 7-mile segment of the Anacostia River Tunnel system to store combined sewage during rain events, keeping sewage overflows from entering the Anacostia River. DC Water today announced that since beginning operation, the tunnel has kept nearly 3 billion gallons of combined sewage overflows (CSOs) out of the Anacostia. Originally projected to reduce CSOs by approximately 80 percent in an average rainfall year, the system has exceeded expectations by achieving an 88 percent capture rate in its first six months of service.
Instead of flowing into the Anacostia, the combined stormwater and sewage is captured and conveyed to the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant for treatment prior to discharge to the Potomac River. The new tunnel and wet weather treatment facility have also captured close to 150 tons of trash that otherwise would have ended up in the river. (more…)
“Hey PoPville renters: Am I getting ripped off on utilities for a 500 sq ft studio in DC? Four years of data attached. Details: energy efficient dishwasher + washer/dryer, built within last 5 years?”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Caroline Angelo
In paying the bills for my small condo building this month I noticed our water bill was $160 more than our usual bill. When I called DC Water initially on Friday, the representative noted extreme usage over the course of 4 days in August and directed me to the meter reading portion of their site and suggested I set up an alert system in the event of future aberrations. To outline the difference in usage a little clearer, over the course of said 4 days the building had apparently used the same amount of water we usually consume in a full month.
I flagged the issue for the other owners in the building and asked if anyone noticed anything funny happening, I was out of town for the exact dates but my roommate did not note anything out of the ordinary. I heard back from the other owners and it turns out the tenants in two of the units were out of town (one set was gone for almost all of August) and the third owner was personally out of town but his girlfriend was home and didn’t notice anything weird either. (more…)
Seems the scammers are out trying to get in their scams in before the hurricane. We got a knock at the door last night from three people posing as PEPCO workers asking to see our bill to see if we are “running at green efficiency,” which may be the new “there seems to be excessive charges in your neighborhood” method of scamming information. (more…)
The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.
Photo by David McAuley
At its regularly-scheduled meeting September 4, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E/Shaw voted to table a decision on a proposed new electricity substation at K and First Streets NW, in Mount Vernon Square. The vote took place after PEPCO representatives and local residents argued over whether electromagnetic radiation from the plant will pose a danger to the community.
The ANC is involved because PEPCO must get zoning relief in order to construct the substation. The footprint, height, and setback of the building are within what PEPCO may build without seeking zoning relief, but the current plans do not include as many spaces for cars and bicycles as required, nor do the plans meet the requirements for a trash room. However, since the building will be mostly “unmanned”, it was argued, normal building requirements are not relevant in these categories.
A team from PEPCO, led by Vice President for Government and External Affairs Mark Battle, presented first.
“A substation is not a power plant,” Battle said.
Battle also said there will soon not be enough capacity from existing substations, given development in the Mount Vernon Square area. (more…)
For the second time in a week we have widespread power outage issues in the triangle east of 2nd St NE, South of Florida Ave and north of the H Street. On the Pepco outage map it looks like approximately 1,300 customers are without power. Last week’s outage(s) map looked like a “Whac-A-Mole” game, one outage would get fixed and multiple smaller ones would pop up. (more…)