Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

Long story short, we found out yesterday that DC Water needs to replace the sewer main on our block, beginning with the part that runs through our property. They dug up all of the grass in our front yard (including a few pics) and now they’re talking about potentially ripping up our brick walkway and likely some more of our landscaping. Read More


Photo by Tyrannous

Thanks to TG for sending:

“DC Water’s switch to chlorine from chloramine happened yesterday. everything smells like a pool today.”

DC Water’s website says:

From March 25 through May 6, 2019, the disinfectant in drinking water will temporarily switch from chloramine to chlorine. During this time, you may notice a slight change in the taste and smell of your drinking water.

DC Water purchases treated drinking water from the Washington Aqueduct. Each year, the Aqueduct switches disinfectants from chloramine back to chlorine to clean our  water distribution system and improve water quality. Read More


alley behind the 1600 block of L Street, NE

A reader shares the correspondence trying to get this flow of water addressed:

From DC Water:

“So as I understand it, an inspector went to the site and believes that the leak is coming from the building, so he could not access it. He thinks the building may not be occupied. Does that sound right?”

OP shares developer address/info and:

“See attached video there is more water leaking today. This is terrible – how can we address ASAP? I can’t believe this has continued to happen over a month. The water is flowing into Blandesburg road and has flooded the empty lot.”


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.”


Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

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: Read More


“Dear PoPville,

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.”


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