Southeast Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Historic Pumping Station
Water Is Life
More Than a Century of Service
You're standing before water pumping history— DC Water's Main Pumping Station. This beautiful and distinctive building was built in 1905 in the Beaux Arts style, like Union Station and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. It was fully renovated in 2005, now handles up to 400 million gallons of wastewater a day, and is one of nine such stations throughout DC.
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Main Pumping Station construction
Giving Gravity a Boost
DC's sewer system works mainly through gravity, sending wastewater downhill to the Blue Plains Treatment Plant. But when things have to go uphill, pumping stations do the job gravity can't.
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Main Pumping Station interior
Location. 38° 52.362′ N, 77° 0.185′ W. Marker is in Southeast Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Anacostia Riverwalk Trail east of 1st Street SE, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clean Rivers Project (a few steps from this marker); Play (a few steps from this marker); Restore and Connect Foundry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lumber Shed - Form and Function (about 500 feet away); Radio Towers (about 600 feet away); Lumber Shed - Movement of Materials (about 600 feet away); The Lumber Shed Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southeast Washington.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.