What We Do
Clean Rivers Project
Restoring Our Rivers
The Clean Rivers Project is DC Water's ongoing program to reduce combined sewer overflows into the District's waterways - the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek. The Project is a massive infrastructure and support program designed to capture and clean water during heavy rainfalls before it ever reaches our rivers
Protecting Our District
With the Clean Rivers Project, DC Water will protect the public from possible harmful substances in our wastewater. It is also cleaning up our waterways, by reducing the pollutants that enter our rivers and can be harmful to our wildlife.
What can you find in this section?
A Drop's Life
Learn about the Clean Rivers Project from the perspective of a single water drop, in this 4-1/2-minute cartoon.
About the Clean Rivers Project
Learn how the Clean Rivers Project works
Anacostia River Tunnel
The Anacostia River Tunnels project is the first Long-Term Control Plan project to begin construction. Check here for updates as the project progresses.
- Clean Rivers Project Facilities Quarterly Reports
- Clean Rivers Project Quarterly Status Reports
Clean Rivers Project Updates
Our semiannual updates on the project
- Current/Future Tunnel Capacity (PDF 52 kb)
Senator Benjamin Cardin, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray and others joined DC Water to break ground on the Clean Rivers Project October 12, 2011.
DC Water is exploring the use of low-impact development to capture stormwater before it enters our system.
- Name the Tunnel Boring Machine Contest
- Photo Gallery
The DC Watershed
Where the water flows
- Lady Bird Tunnel Boring Machine
Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) - Virtual Video
Learn about the tunnel boring process as part of the DC Clean Rivers Project.