ABOUT THIS STORY | The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority provides water and waste services for the District and its surrouding suburbs. In recent years the organization has been caught up in a dispute -- along with the District of Columbia Fire Department -- about the degree of its responsibilty for the fires that destroyed Georgetown Public Library and an Adams Morgan condo building in 2007 and the 2009 destruction of a northwest D.C. mansion. WASA has also contended with accusations that its tap water has a dangerously high lead content.
A Washington, D.C., fire hydrant. (Bill O'Leary -- The Washington Post)