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  • What Lies Beneath: Our Basement Has a Secret – And It’s Not Out of Sight or Out of Mind

    What Lies Beneath:  Our Basement Has a Secret – And It’s Not Out of Sight or Out of Mind As Halloween approaches, Americans tend to watch more horror movies than usual.  And what is one of the scariest places depicted in horror films?  The basement.  NACWA has been watching its very own horror story unfold right before our eyes in the bowels of its headquarters building.   In 1999 at the turn of the 21st century, NACWA purchased a brownstone in the Dupont Circle section of Washington, DC.  The brownstone, built in 1890, had been modernized but little did we know the basement held a secret.  The laterals and many of the larger pipes were likely those that were originally installed before the turn of the 20th century.  When our headquarters was built, cast iron pipes were the rage. Benjamin[…]

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