May 14, 2018 from 6:30 PM–8:00 PM

From Waste to Water

Behind-the-scenes tour of DC's historic Main Pumping Station and DC Water's new to-be-opened HQ!

Hosted by DC Water Atlas Obscura

During Infrastructure Week, get an inside look at the historic Main Pumping Station and D.C. Water’s new yet-to-be-opened headquarters!

On the banks of the Anacostia River, D.C’s past and future intersect.

It is here that D.C. Water’s 110-year-old Main Pumping Station still churns, pumping millions of gallons of wastewater each day in the direction of the main treatment plant several miles away. Completed in 1907, this Beaux Arts-style structure remains in operation using clay sewer lines.

Just a few feet away from its past is the location of D.C. Water’s future. Set to open later this year, the public utility’s new state-of-the-art headquarters will embrace environmentally sustainable features like alternative energy, tinted glass sun shades, and collection of rainwater for non-potable water needs. Plus, the new structure will provide unobstructed, panoramic views of the great Anacostia.

Join us, as part of Infrastructure Week 2018, for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Main Pumping Station (recently nominated to be on the National Register of Historic Places) and the in-the-midst-of-construction new D.C. Water headquarters. This is an extremely unique opportunity and one not to be missed!

Infrastructure Week is a non-profit organization that convenes for a week of education and advocacy highlighting the state of our nation’s infrastructure—roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, telecoms, and more—and all the projects, technologies, and policies necessary to keep these vital parts of life humming along.


  • We will meet in front of the Skanska Construction Trailer NEAR 200 N Place. Further instructions will be provided to attendees closer to the tour date.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, attendees need to be at least 15 years old.
  • This is an active construction site. All attendees MUST wear long pants (no shorts, skirts, or dresses) and hard, closed-toe shoes (no sneakers, sandals, flip-flops). If owned, steel-toed boots are preferred.
  • Additionally, sleeves MUST be at least to the elbow and long sleeves are preferred. If needed, hard hats and vests will be provided.
  • Again, this is an active construction site, so please be careful and watch your step.
  • This event is Metro accessible, approximately a six-minute walk from the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro station on the Green line.


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