A third of the District uses the same drain system for both sewage and storm water. During heavy rains, this drain is overwhelmed, and raw sewage is released into D.C. waterways. A plan is in place to build three storage tunnels to reduce 96 percent of the overflow runoff by 2025.
SOURCE: WASA | By Laris Karklis - The Washington Post - September 26, 2008
A Mandatory Sewage Plan In Search of Federal Funding Article | Water and sewer bills in the District will increase dramatically if the federal government does not bear the burden of a $2.2 billion sewage management plan mandated to reduce pollution of the region's waterways.