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Capital Improvement Program

The ten-year $3.8 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP), when completed, will significantly enhance the DC Water water and sewer facilities infrastructure. Vendors and contractors might use information in the CIP to identify future business opportunities.

This section contains individual sections for each of DC Water's seven service areas. Each service area is made up of specific projects. Within each service area section in this section of the website, there are individual project pages for each current capital project in that section. The capital project pages contain general information for each project. The following information is included:

Service Area Title
Currently, there are seven defined project service areas in DC Water's CIP. The seven areas are:

The service area categorization groups together like projects based on facility location and type of work being done in the project. Congressional capital authority is requested at this level.
Program Title
Is a further categorization within the Service Area and groups projects by type of process. For example, in the Wastewater Treatment Service Area, there are four programs:
Activity Group/Project Title
The activity group is the level at which DC Water manages and monitors projects, including in the financial system and project management system. The project title reflects the descriptive name given to the project.
Service Area Manager
Lists which department or organization manages the project. The majority of the projects in DC Water's CIP are managed by an internal DC Water operating department. DC Water's CIP also includes some projects which are managed by outside organizations. It is advantageous for DC Water to coordinate some of its capital work on the water and sewer infrastructure with the District's Department of Transportation (DDOT). The funding required for DC Water's work is included in the CIP, but those projects are managed by DDOT. Approximately 75 percent of the Washington Aqueduct's capital program is funded by DC Water, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers actually manages those projects.
DC Water engages in and prioritizes capital projects based on specific criteria. The following is a list of definitions of the priorities shown on the individual project sheets:
  1. Court Ordered, Stipulated Agreements, Etc. — These are the projects that are undertaken to comply with court orders, stipulated agreements, regulatory issues, and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES).
  2. Health Safety — These are projects that are required to eliminate or mitigate impact on public health or safety. These projects are also required to ensure that there is no failure to comply with DC Water's NPDES permit requirements.
  3. Board Policy, DC Water's commitment to outside agencies — These are projects that are undertaken to comply with a policy that the Board may adopt as a result of its commitment to outside Agencies.
  4. Potential Failure/Ability to continue meeting permit requirement — These are projects that are undertaken to construct or rehabilitate Facilities or Equipment that is in danger of failing, and that such failure may potentially endanger DC Water's ability to continue meeting permit requirements.
  5. High Profile, Good Neighbor Policy These are projects that are undertaken to remediate concerns expressed by Citizens or Public Officials.
  6. Good Engineering, High pay back, Mission/Function — This category includes projects that are needed for rehabilitation and upgrading of facilities and infrastructure required for DC Water to fulfill its mission and function, as well as projects needed to resolve operational issues and inefficiencies. This category also recognizes cost savings in operation and maintenance.
  7. Good Engineering, Low pay back, Mission/Function over long term — This category includes projects that are needed for rehabilitation and upgrading of facilities and infrastructure, but have a lower priority than projects in 3A above, yet help DC Water to fulfill its mission over the long term.
Project Description
General description of the work to be done within the project.
Impact on Operations
Describes the anticipated impact on DC Water's operations when the project is completed.
Design/Construction/Project Completion Dates
Anticipated dates are shown.

Complete Capital Improvement Program Budget Information is available in the "Who We Are" section of this website.

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