$580 million fix: Investigation into sewage backups in D.C.
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
7 ON YOUR SIDE just learned the results of an investigation into sewage and flooding problems, which followed torrential August rains in Northwest Washington.
“I noticed a smell actually and then water coming up in the showers,” said D.C. resident Chip Walgren.
DC Water officials told ABC7 News they could not find evidence of a major blockage, but it did learn two sewers overflowed after more than an inch of rain poured over the District in fewer than 30 minutes on August 12, 2017.
“DC Water currently has a major project underway. One of the main purposes of this project is to specifically address this flooding in this area,” said DC Water Director of Engineering Craig Fricke.
The $580 million project has been in the works for years. It would help increase the capacity for the sewers that overflowed. The project is expected to be finished in 2023.
In the meantime, DC Water urged residents to check out a rebate program that gives people up to $6,000 to install backwater valves. Backwater valves allow water to flow out of a home but has a gate that closes if water starts to back up from city pipes.
“Need to check on that. Yeah. Definitely,” said Walgren.