Environment

DC Water is an environmental steward with a simple goal: to protect the environment and meet or surpass all regulatory standards. We use research, modern technologies, and industry best practices to keep our waterways and land clean and safe. We also partner with environmentally focused organizations and educate the public about the importance of conserving resources and taking care of our natural surroundings.

Read the articles in this section to learn more about our efforts to improve and maintain the quality of our environment.and find ways to get involved.

What can you find in this section?

  • Sewer System Improvements
    Learn how DC Water is improving the area's environment by upgrading our sewer infrastructure.
  • Reusing Biosolids in Agriculture
    DC Water safely treats biosolids and then reuses the nutrient-rich material to improve the soil for agricultural production.
  • Low-Impact Development
    DC Water is exploring the use of low-impact development to capture stormwater before it enters our system.
  • Nitrogen Reduction Program
    For many years, DC Water has been a leader in voluntarily reducing nitrogen and phosphorus discharge from the wastewater treatment process.
  • Cleaning Our Waterways
    We are dedicated to making local rivers cleaner and safer for everyone.
  • Chesapeake Bay
    DC Water continues to be a leader in the effort to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality.
  • Understanding the Watershed
    Find out what affects water quality in our local area and the impacts of combined sewer overflows.
  • Partnerships and Community Activities
    DC Water works with many environmental partners and the D.C. community to educate and help citizens protect our environment.
  • Environmental Education
  • Environment-Related Links
    Check out other educational resources from the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • For Kids
    A subsection devoted to kids, where they can read cartoons, use interactive calculators, engage in activities, and download a workbook to learn about water, its uses, and how to conserve.

Environment