via DC Water

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


photo by Jim Havard

This is the largest environmental settlement in DC history.”

From the Office of the DC Attorney General:

“Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today announced that Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) will pay over $57 million to resolve allegations that it discharged toxic chemicals into the District’s land and waterways for decades, resulting in the persistent toxic pollution of the Anacostia River. Under the terms of the agreement, Pepco must pay $47 million toward cleaning up the Anacostia River and $10 million in penalties. The company also must clean up contamination at its Buzzard Point and Benning Road facilities and investigate the current and historical environmental impacts of the company’s underground, District-wide system of transformer vaults. Additionally, Pepco will pay for the District to oversee this work. Read More


From FEMA:

“IMPORTANT: On Wednesday, Oct. 4th at 2:20 p.m. ET, there will be a nationwide emergency alert test on cell phones, wireless devices, radios, and TVs.

This is a standard test that occurs at least once every three years. No action is needed.”

“FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this fall.

The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Read More


“Dear PoPville,

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


“Dear PoPville,

We received an email from Washington Gas that our service is being suspended (disconnected). The “move out request notice”. We called the WGas and it appears as if somebody (they even gave us that person’s name) requested to activate the service at our address. No details on how (call or email). We’re in a four-unit apartment building. Has anything similar happen to anyone else?”


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 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


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