24 January 2008

WASA matta you?


Eleven months after the valve replacement project was completed, DC Water & Sewer Authority's super-gigantic friggin' metal sign is still with us. It blocks the view of oncoming traffic from the alley onto Irving Street, and gives local taggers a convenient surface to practice their seizure-scribbles.

WASA has been suffering some pretty nasty publicity, from malfunctioning fire hydrants to apocalyptic levels of lead in the water supply, to bills threatening to turn over budgetary control to the city's CFO, etc... In 2007, it seemed the agency couldn't do much without pissing in its own water bowl, so to speak.

So I was expecting a whirling madhouse of incompetent boobs when I called WASA to finally ask them to take that goddamned sign away. I was even prepared to volunteer to do the deed myself, claiming that I could use it to decorate my basement. (haute industrial trash?)...


But nope, everyone was perfectly genteel on the phone, and promised to have the offending thing carted away with all due swiftness. Egad, I didn't even spend time on hold. It was as if they knew exactly what to do, and how to do it(?)

We shall see, citizens. Synchronize your watches...

3 comments:

Reya Mellicker said...

Did you mention that these signs are also just plain UGLY? There are still a few scattered around Capitol Hill from the work the city did three years ago. Good luck.

Though, that said, I'll admit, what DC does well, it does very well. Too bad that what the city does badly, is horrifying. I'll be curious to hear how things turn out.

Will you email me? reyasdottir@verizon.net. I'd love to meet you sometime, also Gomez and your marvelous wife. I could come up there to your neighborhood, check out the pub. Except, I bet they won't let Gomez into the pub. Will they?

Anonymous said...

we had the same work done in Petworth. I complained to them that they were dragging equipment over the new sod I had just laid in the strip between the sidewalk and street. they were pretty annoyed adn then that night when I got home the project's portapotty was directly in front of my house - where it sat for 2 months :-) I guess that will teach me.. Anyway, once done they also left a signpost when they took all the signs away, but I called the mayor's call center 727-1000 and when I got home that night it was gone. so it works!

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