M Street, SE Road Closure to Begin October 1

DC Water is performing construction activities on M Street, SE as part of the Clean Rivers Project to improve the health of local waterways. Beginning about Tuesday, October 1, 2013 through December 2014, crews will construct the upper section of an approach channel that will be used to convey storm water to the new Anacostia River Tunnel. Crews will also begin excavation of CSO outfall #017 on M Street, west of Water Street. The portion of M Street at CSO outfall #017 will be closed during the work. Water Street, which had previously been closed for work on the lower section of the approach channel, will be reopened during this time. This work will be performed in support of the M Street Diversion Sewer of the Clean Rivers Project (Division E).

DC Water is implementing the Clean Rivers Project which comprises a system of tunnels and diversion sewers for the capture of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to Rock Creek and the Anacostia and Potomac rivers for treatment at DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. The entire project will reduce CSOs annually by 96 percent throughout the system and by 98 percent for the Anacostia River alone.