District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
Who We Are
— The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), created in 1996 by theDistrict government and Congress, is one of the largest water and sewer utilities on the East Coast,serving a regional area of 725 square miles, and providing drinking water and wastewater collectionand treatment to residential, commercial, and governmental users in the District of Columbia, Maryland,and Virginia. DC Water, an independent agency within the District government, has
nancial, budgetary,and rate-setting authority. DC Water is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the District and suburban jurisdictions. At the end of 2011, DC Water had netassets of $1.07 billion, with operating revenues of $408 million.
Who We Serve
— DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is the largest advanced wastewater treat-ment facility in the world, covering 150 acres, and serving nearly two million people, including those in the District of Colum-bia; Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; and Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Vienna in Virginia.
A Glimpse of Our System
Water Distribution System includes approximately:Sewer System includes approximately:
1,200 miles of Water Mains
Five Pumping Stations
Nine Storage Facilities:–Five Reservoirs –Four Elevated Tanks
652 miles of Combined Sewers
675 miles of Sanitary Sewers
536 miles of Storm Sewers
24,000 Catch Basins
22 Flow Metering Stations
Nine Off-site Wastewater Pumping stations
Nine Stormwater Pumping stations
DC Water has launched a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) valued at more than $7.8 billion over thenext 20 years:
More than $3.8 billion at Blue Plains and in District neighborhoodsover the next 10 years
More than $2.6 billion to control sewer over
ow in local waterwaysover the next 20 years
More than $500 million in system improvements, repairs, andrehabilitationWe currently have 36 active construction contracts underway, with 12at Blue Plains and 24 outside Blue Plains, totaling $1.04 billion. DCWater currently has 38 active Architectural/Engineering (A/E) Agree-ments, with 19 at Blue Plains and 19 outside Blue Plains, totaling $667million. Construction commitments for FY2012 through FY2016 totalapproximately $1.6 billion. We have a bond rating of double A (AA) withthree rating companies.
Over the next
ve years and beyond, DC Water will beimplementing projects to 1) enhance the Blue Plains facility to ensurethat it can reliably meet its National Pollutant Discharge EliminationSystem (NPDES) permit requirements, 2) greatly improve the quality of its biosolids resource, 3) provide a renewable powersupply for Blue Plains, and 4) control combined sewer over
ows in District rivers, principally in the Anacostia.
Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant