Hearing Set On Fire Hydrants
A D.C. Council committee will hold a public hearing on the maintenance and repair of fire hydrants by the DC Water and Sewer Authority, spurred by this week's fire that destroyed the home of arts patron Peggy Cooper Cafritz.
Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, announced that he would hold an oversight hearing on Sept. 16.
The council goes into summer recess next week; public hearings are not permitted until the legislative body returns in September.
Since the July 29 fire, there has been fingerpointing by WASA and the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services about low water pressure -- a dispute similar to one in 2007 in an Adams Morgan blaze.
"There are very serious questions about available water pressure for that fire," Graham said in a news release from his office. "This oversight hearing will get facts on DCWASA and D.C. hydrants including those near the Cooper Cafritz residence."
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