It's that time of year once again! The Langston Civic Association has partnered with the Anacostia Watershed Society to bring an educational boat cruise to neighbors in the Carver and Langston neighborhoods this spring.
Residents can expect to enjoy a beautiful trip on the Anacostia river where they can learn about wildlife and efforts to keep the river clean. Children are welcome and light refreshments and transportation to the boat will be provided. Space is limited, so register now.
Patsy V. Hartsfield Center
2026 Maryland Ave. NE
Sat., June 8, 2019 at 12 pm - 4 pm
Starting March 20th through May 15th, DC Water will collect water quality monitoring data in Wards 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The monitoring equipment will be attached to approximately 28 hydrants throughout Northwest, Northeast and Southeast DC. Please see the attached maps for the 1st High Pressure Boundary monitoring locations.
The devices and hydrant locations in Ward 5 are as follows:
The mayor is scheduled to publish her budget on March 20, which triggers a series of budget oversight hearings at the Council. During each hearing, the agency's proposed budget is examined. The public is invited to testify at those hearings, and I strongly encourage residents to do so. You can view the full list of budget oversight hearings on the Council's website, and I look forward to seeing Ward 5 residents out in force.
The Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC) Residential Relief Program provides relief for income-eligible DC Water customers.
The CRIAC Residential Relief Program consists of three levels of relief:
Customer Assistance Program (CAP) provides eligible DC Water customers a discount on the first 400 cubic feet (3,000 gallons) of water and sewer services used each month. Eligible households will receive an additional fifty percent (50%) reduction in the monthly CRIAC and a Water Service Replacement Fee waiver. The annual discount is approximately $760. Customer Assistance Program II (CAP2) provides eligible DC Water customers a discount on the first 300 cubic feet (2,250 gallons) of water and sewer services used each month (with the exception of PILOT and ROW fees) and 50% reduction in the monthly CRIAC. The annual discount is approximately $520.
Customer Assistance Program III (CAP3) provides eligible DC Water customers with a discount of 75% off of the monthly CRIAC. The average annual discount is approximately $210.
The table below provides the dollar figures for each program’s income limits by household size:
CAP Income Limit CAP 2 Income Limit CAP 3 Income Limit
Size 60% of SMI 80% of AMI 100% AMI
1 $30,918 $65,650 $82,050
2 $40,431 $75,000 $93,750
3 $49,944 $84,400 $105,500
4 $59,457 $93,750 $117,200
5 $68,970 $101,250 $117,200*
6 $78,483 $108,750 $117,200*
7 $80,267 $116,250 $117,200*
8 $82,051 $117,200* $117,200*
*Figures are capped based on language from the Budget Support Act.
DC Water today announced plans to work closely with the District government to implement a new lead service replacement program that offers free and discounted replacements of lead water service pipes on private property for thousands of homes across the city. This program will be implemented once it is funded by the District, which is anticipated in October 2019.
The new program, approved by the D.C. Council late Tuesday and headed to Mayor Muriel Bowser for her signature, establishes a city-funded program to encourage the removal of lead service lines located on private property– the small diameter pipes that bring water from the water main into homes.
“This is a game-changer in terms of making significant progress towards removing all lead pipes from the water system,” said DC Water President David L. Gadis. “However, I would like to see us go even further. My hope is that we can move towards a plan where every inch of lead service line in the city is removed within the next 10 years. That is ambitious but it's achievable if we roll up our sleeves and work together.”
Under current law, DC Water is permitted to replace the portion of the lead water service line that lays buried within public space but not the portion that is on private property – the pipe that runs from the property line to the building.
The new bill does four things:
While in many cases lead water service lines may not pose any immediate hazard, the simple presence of lead pipes is a risk factor for lead exposure that DC Water has long encouraged homeowners to address. Recently DC Water mailed letters to residential customers in homes with known lead service lines to encourage them to take advantage of DC Water’s existing Voluntary Lead Service Pipe Replacement program. DC Water has also created a service line map where customers can check to see what type of pipes connect their home to the water main.
The program for lead line replacement originated with Ward 1 Council member Brianne Nadeau, who last year introduced legislation to help DC Water customers afford the cost of their lead service replacements. The Bill was then revised by Council Transportation & Environment Committee Chairperson Mary Cheh of Ward 3.
More information about the issue of lead, tips to reduce risk of lead exposure, and information about the Bill can be found at www.dcwater.com/lead-pipe-replacement or by contacting DC Water customer service at (202) 354-3600. Additional information about enrolling in the program and how the legislation will be implemented will be added to the website in coming months.
Learn more at dcwater.com/LeadBillFAQ.