D.C. Water Breaks Ground on $2.6 Billion Clean Rivers Project

WI Web Staff Report | 10/11/2011, 6:49 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -A ground breaking ceremony for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority's (D.C. Water) massive construction project to help eliminate sewer overflows into area waterways, takes place at 11 a.m., Oct. 12 at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant , 5000 Overlook Ave. in Southwest. Several local dignitaries, including Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Water General Manager George S. Hawkins, U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin and D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton are expected to attend.

The Clean Rivers Project includes giant Metro-sized tunnels more than 100 feet underground that will serve as storage for combined sewage during heavy rainstorms. The first tunnel will run along - and under - the Anacostia River. During the ceremony, a video loop will show tunneling equipment at work.

The event will be held rain or shin, and because it involves an active construction site, footwear may get wet/muddy.