West Virginia Avenue NE Water Main – Washington DC

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Description

In 1938-1939, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) installed a new Water Main on West Virginia Avenue, north from Mount Olivet Road NE.

The Annual Report of the DC government provides details: “A 16-inch main, totaling 780 linear feet, in West Virginia Avenue north from Mount Olivet Road NE. It is proposed to extend this main in the future to Rhode Island and Montana Avenues NE, tying in with the 30-inch trunk main at this location, thereby effecting a major feed through the Trinidad-Woodridge area of the second high service. This main was undertaken as a W. P. A. project.”

Presumably, the main was later connected to the trunk line.  The main may still be in place, but would be invisible to everyone but the staff at DC Water and Sewer Authority.

Source notes

Report of the Government of the District of Columbia, For the Year Ended June 30, 1939, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1940, p. 99.

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on February 26, 2020.
Additional contributions by Richard A Walker.

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Location Info


West Virginia Ave NE
Washington, DC

Coordinates: 38.9129, -76.9829

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