Wednesday night residents of 555 Mass were treated to the thundering sounds of jack hammers by the DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA). The utility company erected lights and pounded the streets with heavy machinery from 10PM to 7AM.
Reading through the email chain what I gathered was:
- DDOT only issues work permits from 7AM to 7PM.
- DCRA handles night permits but will only issue them in commercial zones
- Utility companies can obtain emergency permits that trump some of standard regulations. Emergency permits should only be issued in cases of “vital loss of service”
The area in question did not have a water main break or other vital service disruption. When the WASA workers were questioned by 555 residents even they did not claim the work was an emergency.
The community flooded the email inboxes of Tommy Wells office and the MVT CID on Thursday. The late night work should cease for now. I know some tired neighbors who appreciate the assistance in mitigating the issue but wish more process were in place to prevent these circumstances.