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Posted at 2:25 PM ET, 06/15/2010

Goodbye WASA, hello D.C. Water

By Washington Post editors

D.C. WASA is no more.

Mike DeBonis tells us at his blog that the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority is now just D.C. Water.

The water utility formerly known as WASA has come under fire for distributing water tainted with lead from late 2000 to 2004. General Manager George S. Hawkins launched a public contest in February to come up with a new identity for the agency. Three entrants, including a D.C. Water employee, shared the $2,000 prize for coming up with parts of the new name, logo, and slogan.

By Washington Post editors  | June 15, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  d.c. wasa, d.c. water, lead, wasa, water  
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How is changing the name going to fix anything? Deck chairs..........

Posted by: jckdoors | June 15, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

DC Lead & Fecal Matter would be more aproprriate.

Posted by: PepperDr | June 15, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

It's official. "D.C. Water" - formerly WASA, and prior to that WASUA - has joined the illustrious ranks of such entities as Xe (Blackwater), Altria (Phillip Morris), and xfinity (Comcast). Now we can all rest easy, knowing that the name change denotes a complete overhaul of operations and service... NOT!

Posted by: nan_lynn | June 15, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

...In related news, Adrian Fenty has announced that he will henceforth be calling himself Martin Luther Thurgood Marshall King.

(With sincere apologies to those two great men and their families.)

Posted by: nan_lynn | June 15, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they can tell us that the "new" company has even better service and charge us EVEN MORE for the privilege of drinking their poison.

And I don't appreciate them wasting any money on a "contest" to rename the company.

A few thousand here, a few thousand there... god forbid they actually replace lead pipes with all that money.

Posted by: mikecapitolhill | June 15, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah let's dig up all of DC's pipes and economically devastate the district all at once. It'll take decades for these pipes to effectively be replaced. Further, a good portion of the problem comes from your homes with lead piping which entities such as WASA cannot fix, that's YOUR house - that's your problem - you're contributing to the lead problem.
Stop blaming WASA for the problem if it's the most advanced water treatment and recycling facility in the world. If anything place blame on the water aqueduct for changing the water chemistry which subsequently eroded the protecting film on the lead pipes.

Posted by: mashton1 | June 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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