Water forum looks to answer residents DC Water questions

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4D is hosting a community meeting with representatives from DC Water and other DC agencies to discuss resident concerns with high water bills and flooding issues. Tuesday, October 24, 6:30-8:30pm Washington Latin Public Charter School (5200 2nd St NW).  Ask your questions and get answers at the ANC 4D Water Forum.

"Our intent is to foster a respectful information exchange between community members, commissioners and relevant District partners so we can understand what is going on regarding water bills and the new water meters citywide, as well as flooding and drainage, particularly in Petworth-Brightwood," said ANC 4D Commissioner Amy Hemingway

"That said, we feel strongly that DC Water must address serious concerns about the confluence of increased rates, numerous fees and new meters that have led to water bill increases and are underscored by breakdowns in customer engagement," Amy said. "Together with DC Water, we expect DOEE can address flooding issues in homes and catch basins on Sherman Circle, and roadways at Farragut and 1st and Gallatin and New Hampshire, specifically."

Ona Balkus from the Committee on Transportation and the Environment is planning to share information about an upcoming hearing. 

The goal is a calm, respectful and candid engagement with DC Water and DOEE representatives aimed at getting the real story behind all the bill increases and the environmental challenges ahead. We will also hear how City Council is researching these issues and what it is considering to do in response.

COMMUNITY WATER FORUM AGENDA

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Problem-Solving & Program Overviews
  3. Moderated Discussion with DC Water Experts, with Community Q&A
  4. Moderated Discussion with DC Dept. of Energy & Environment,    with Community Q&A
  5. Announcement by DC Council Committee staff on Trans. and the Environment
  6. Closing Remarks 

REMINDER: DC Water problem-solvers will be on hand to help with your individual bill and questions.


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Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.



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