I’ve lived in an apartment in Capitol Hill for a year and a half. The apartment uses an allocation method to calculate water/sewer, which is “50% occupancy 50% unit square feet.” My bill has consistently been about $20 for water and $40 for sewer. For September, I received a water bill for $90 and sewer bill for $156 – 4 times the usual amount.
What protections do tenants have against outrageous increases when allocation methods are used? Read More
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From DC Water:
“This week, the DC Water Board of Directors approved a design-build contract for construction of the Potomac River Tunnel (PRT). The $819 million contract is the largest ever awarded by the Authority. The 5.5-mile-long tunnel will control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Potomac River, improving water quality in this critical natural resource. This work is part of the larger Clean Rivers Project, a $2.99 billion program to improve the water quality of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and Rock Creek by increasing the capacity of the sewer system. Read More
DC saying, sorry, we may have told you that you don’t have led pipes but we may have been wrong….and figure it out for yourself and sure we can send you a water test if you specifically ask, seems grossly irresponsible and not at all of a reasonable response…” Read More
photo by Pablo Raw
From DC Water:
“All DC Water customers in the impact area under the boil water advisory can use tap water for all purposes after following the instructions provided below.
DC Water issued the boil water advisory as a conservative measure to protect public health, and we sincerely appreciate our customers’ patience while we took necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the tap water we deliver.
DC Water lifted the boil water advisory after tests confirmed that drinking water meets all water quality safety standards. DC Water tested water samples from multiple sites in the affected area and has verified that there is no risk of water contamination from the loss of pressure in some portions of the distribution system.
Please see the interactive map at dcwater.com or call the 24-Hour Command Center at 202- 612-3400 to verify if your address was in the affected area.
Customers residing in the previously affected area should take the following precautions before returning to normal water usage: Read More
“Today, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) will collect water samples from four to five locations in the area of Northeast D.C. currently under a boil water advisory. These samples will be analyzed at DC Water’s laboratory. Test results should be available Tuesday afternoon. A second round of sampling will also take place tomorrow. Following two consecutive days of clear samples, DC Water will lift the current boil water advisory, which we expect will be on Wednesday.
“Portion of pipe replaced overnight, with split running length-wise.”
DC Water crews will open hydrants in the area to flush the distribution system by circulating fresh water through the system. This process can be repeated if needed.
DC Water issued the Boil Water Advisory after a temporary loss of pressure in the evening of May 28, 2023. DC Water advised customers to boil water first before using it for drinking or cooking if they are in the impacted area. This includes the neighborhoods of Fort Lincoln, Woodridge, and Langdon. The impact area is generally: Read More
photo by Tim Brown
What should I do if dc water tells me the place I’m renting has lead pipes? Problem is my landlord is quite unfriendly so likely will not greet this news well”
I am reaching out to you because our water bill went up…a lot. Not too long ago we had a satellite responsive water regulator installed by dc water. Things were fine until February when our bill went up to $300 (normal bill around $100) and we were out of town 20 of those 28 days. Read More
From DC Water:
“The water networks serving DC Water, along with Arlington County and northeastern Fairfax County, will undergo annual cleaning starting Monday. Water service continues uninterrupted during the process, which runs from February 20 to May 15 this year. During that time, drinking water may smell or taste slightly different.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Washington Aqueduct, water supplier to these regions, performs the temporary disinfectant switch from chloramine to chlorine. Read More
Has anyone lost water pressure after the lead pipe replacement from the street to their house? I live on Monroe and our pipes were replaced In early January 2023. I noticed the loss of pressure that day and shared with the contractor before they left, but they did not resolve. Read More
photo by Capitol Phil
Thanks to Phil for sharing around 8:30am: “Union Market closed for now due to water issue.”
Update: Union Market has water and now reopened!