Released by ASCE-NCS.ORG on January 14, 2016

The National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the 2016 Report Card for D.C.’s Infrastructure on Thursday, January 14, 2016.

The report includes an evaluation of the District’s bridges, drinking water, energy, levees, parks, rail, roads, schools, solid waste, transit and wastewater.

D.C.'s Infrastructure received a "mediocre" grade. It is of only moderate quality; not very good. Because infrastructure has a direct impact on our lives every day—from the quality of water delivered through taps in our homes, to the condition of school buildings our children attend and to the condition and capacity of the roads and rails we travel on, those living or working in, and those governing D.C.'s infrastructure funding policies must invest adequately to safeguard its role that is vital to our economy, security, recreation, and safety.

George Hawkins delivered his message after the Welcome and the Report Card's Findings delivered by ASCE-NCS. The gist of his message was:

  • ASCE's Report Card initiative is independent, fair, and trust-worthy
  • He is proud of D.C.'s Drinking Water and Waste Water's C+ grades as those have climbed up from the earlier D- and are better than the national averages
  • The commitment of the DC Water organization is unwavering in its focus on continuing the climb up the infrastructure grading scale

To read his full thoughts on the subject, I invite you to read his blog: Sometimes Progress Starts with Getting a Low Grade.