Saint Elizabeth Water Tower


Through the Elevated Water Storage Tower Project, DC Water will perform water system improvements for the proposed Anacostia 2nd high service area. The proposed new service area and water storage tower will serve the southern section of the existing Anacostia 1st high service area, improving water quality, system reliability, water pressure and ensuring adequate flows throughout the system.

The project area for the water storage tower is located near the Saint Elizabeths Hospital National Historic Landmark (NHL). The proposed site for the new tank is adjacent to the newly constructed hospital facility. The new tower will permit demolition of the existing tower  which was originally build in the 1930s and is today semi operational and unable to provide adequate water pressure to the hospital facility.

Scope of work

In meeting minimum water pressure standards as set forth by DC Water, the new elevated water storage tower for the proposed Anacostia 2nd high service area must have an overflow elevation of 310 feet above mean sea level, which will in turn require a tower approximately 170 feet above grade. The tank also requires a volume of at least 2 million gallons in order to provide sufficient water storage during emergencies and to meet daily demand. The project also includes the installation of approximately 4,000 feet of 24 - inch water transmission mains for service connections.


  • Construction start: August 2016
  • Construction completion: Summer 2018 - Completed
  • Normal work hours: 7:00 am -7:00 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Contractor may work night or weekends, depending upon other construction activities as needed or due to inclement weather


DC Water is working closely with multiple stakeholders to provide timely information about the project, to solicit input, and to ease the burdens of construction. These stakeholders include affected residents and Advisory Neighborhood Commissions; environmental and community associations; and several District and federal agencies including Office of Planning, Historic Preservation Office, Zoning Commission, Commission of Fine Arts, National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Department of Real Estate Services (DRES), Government Services Administration (GSA), and Department of Homeland Security. 

Project Location