D.C. Water and Sewer Authority

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)

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The District and Maryland must remove an extra 600 tons of trash from the Anacostia or else, under new federal regulations.
 
Trash-free Anacostia? (Post, September 26, 2010; 7:54 PM)
 
Progress, but not perfection, on the Potomac: Campaign aims to make watershed trash-free by 2013 (Post, September 16, 2010)
 
Romantic dreams of knives and dynamite (Post, August 29, 2010)
 
Federal government balks at paying D.C. sewer levy (Post, July 5, 2010)
 
Lead in D.C. water: Still more to do (Post, June 27, 2010)
 
Farm lobby must step aside (Post, June 17, 2010)
 
D.C. water agency flushes old image: New name and logo unveiled to wash off stains of lead debacle (Post, June 16, 2010)
 
Lead reduction in water is at your fingertips (Post, May 22, 2010)
 
Report on lead raises fears: CDC's failures generate tide of anger about D.C. water (Post, May 21, 2010)
 
AnyBODY: Bridging the water divide: It's not only about taste (Post, May 18, 2010)
 
The right questions about water safety (Post, April 27, 2010)
 
Smelling trouble in D.C.'s water (Post, April 25, 2010)
 
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: THE ENVIRONMENT 40 YEARS AFTER EARTH DAY: Troubled waters (Post, February 2, 2010)
 
Burst water main closes traffic on D.C. streets: Workers rupture pipe dating to 1800s; flooding minimal, official says (Post, January 12, 2010)
 
Boil-water advisory for D.C. neighborhood is lifted (Post, December 9, 2009; 6:21 PM)
 
Winter weather may have caused water main breaks (Post, December 7, 2009; 3:27 PM)
 
At WSSC, it's all about the infrastructure: General manager emphasizes vigilance to prolong system's life, keep it safe (Post, October 29, 2009)
 
$15 million loss in fire at D.C. mansion: Report rules blaze was accidental; water-supply improvements outlined (Post, October 20, 2009)
 
THE DISTRICT: Fire Officials to Get Refresher on Water System (Post, September 26, 2009)
 
Doubts Remain About Reliability of D.C. Hydrants: Firefighters Can't Be Sure of Water Flow While Thousands Wait to Be Tested (Post, September 25, 2009)
 
Woman Gets 2 Years for Stealing From WASA (Post, September 17, 2009; 5:23 PM)
 
Agencies Weigh New Water Standards for Firefighting in D.C. (Post, September 16, 2009; 5:32 PM)
 
D.C. Environmental Chief to Lead WASA: Hawkins Had Been an Official at EPA (Post, September 4, 2009)
 
Pipe, Location Caused Water Flow Problems at Cafritz Fire, Report Says (Post, August 8, 2009)
 
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