Today, the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) voted to provide additional rate relief for low income customers. The resolution unanimously approved by the Board directs the General Manager to transfer $6 million from the Rate Stabilization Fund to the FY 2019 Budget to expand DC Water’s Customer Assistance Program to mitigate the impacts of increases in retail water and sewer rates.

“This is good news for the customers of DC Water,” said Board Chair Tommy Wells immediately after the vote. “We are working with the Mayor and DC Council to provide meaningful rate relief, based on need, while maintaining our fiscal integrity and keeping our commitment to help clean up our local waterways.”

In addition to the funding approved by the Board, the District Government has set aside $7 million in its 2019 Budget for assistance to residential customers and not-for-profit enterprises.

“That’s a total of $13 million that will be available to assist residential customers who feel the burden of rate increases the most,” said DC Water CEO and General Manager David L. Gadis. “It’s the right thing to do. I applaud the Board for taking this action today in direct response to what we’ve heard from our customers.”

DC Water’s existing Customer Assistance Program (CAP) is administered by the Energy Office at the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and provides eligible customers with discounts on their water and sewer charges and other fees on their monthly bills. In the resolution approved today, the Board of Directors instructed management to expand the CAP program to provide assistance to more low income customers in the new fiscal year.

Insurance Associates and The Selective Insurance Group Foundation Provide Matching Grants

Rockville, Maryland, June 26, 2018 – Insurance Associates and The Selective Insurance Group Foundation joined forces to support the positive efforts of Patriot Point through a $1,000 grant. The Selective Insurance Group Foundation is a philanthropic affiliate of Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIGI).

“The work that Patriot Point does to help our nation’s warriors so they can reconnect with their families, decompress after deployment, and just take some time to rejuvenate is vital to our community. Our service members face challenges abroad while working to maintain our safety and security so this is one way for us to give back to them” said Stephen A. Spencer, President, Insurance Associates.

The grant represents a $500 donation from Insurance Associates, matched by a $500 grant from The Selective Insurance Group Foundation. The grant will help Patriot Point’s efforts to provide a relaxing and safe environment for our nation’s wounded, ill, and injured service members to enjoy outdoor recreational activities with their families.

“At Selective, Response is everything®… and this includes responding to the communities where we live and work to give back and help those in need. Together with Insurance Associates, we are proud to support Patriot Point and its efforts to make a difference in the community,” said Chuck Musilli, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Distribution Strategies, Selective.

About Insurance Associates

IA is a locally-based firm with offices in Rockville, Fairfax, Laurel and Towson that has been advising and protecting clients for over 60 Years! As a locally owned company, IA prides itself on having one of the most competent, experienced, and knowledgeable workforces of any agency in the area. The agency works with clients in all industries for their group benefit packages and personal insurance, but their expertise is in the construction industry for commercial insurance and surety bonding. For a little bit about what makes us so different from the rest, click here for Employee Benefits, here for Commercial Insurance, and here for Surety Bonding and learn the IA difference!

For more information about our passion and the rest of our team at Insurance Associates, please visit us at, follow us on LinkedIn and like us on Facebook.

About Selective

Selective Insurance Group, Inc. is a holding company for ten property and casualty insurance companies rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. Through independent agents, the insurance companies offer standard and specialty insurance for commercial and personal risks, and flood insurance underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program. Selective maintains a website at

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – When officials at the Ashtabula County Port Authority in northeast Ohio discovered on New Year’s Eve 2017 that they had a leak in a 36” cast-iron water main that provides cooling and chiller lines for a nearby industrial park, they had no way of knowing what it would take to fix the broken line quickly. First, they called Ashtabula-based Union Industrial Contractors, Inc. for help.

“On Sunday, December 31, we were called for an emergency water leak repair at the former FirstEnergy Plant C, an Ashtabula Port Authority-owned plant along Lake Road that supplies millions of gallons of raw water daily to area industries,” said Ryan Cochran, president of Union Industrial Contractors “The repair was to fix a catastrophic break on a 36” clean-in-place water line that was buried about 30 feet underground. The rupture measured six feet long and two feet wide.”

The excavator and bridge contractor reached out to its usual waterworks vendors in search of the materials it needed to perform the repair. Unfortunately, securing two new sections of 36” class 53 ductile-iron pipe, a 36” x 45” mechanical-joint elbow fitting, two mechanical-joint long-pattern sleeves and six 36” Megalug® mechanical-joint restraints in time to perform the repair by the client’s January 4 goal didn’t seem feasible. The soonest one of the company’s regular vendors could deliver the materials to the customer’s job site was January 9.

On Tuesday, January 2, Cochran called LB Water. Jim Haworth of the company’s Stoneboro facility took the call.

“I told him, ‘No problem. We’ll have all your materials there on Thursday’,” said Haworth. “And this is where LB Water’s commitment to customer support kicked into high gear.”

Haworth said it is LB Water’s commitment to provide superior customer support and maintain a deep inventory of diverse parts – as well as the company’s close relationships with its Mid-Atlantic customers – that combined forces to help Union Industrial Contractors meet the water authority’s tight deadline.

“We had only two days to get this material to the job site,” said Haworth. “Our Stoneboro Manager, Tyler Novak, contacted no fewer than five other LB Water locations, and we even enlisted the help of one of our key customers to make it happen.”

“Our crews worked around the clock to repair the line,” said Cochran. “And LB Water worked around the clock to get us the pipe and fittings we needed to repair the leak. They gathered the materials and delivered them to the job site by January 4 – within two days of our original discussion. They even provided on-site advice with some of the materials. Due to the complexity of the project and condition of the old system components, we discovered that we needed a way to restrain the existing clean-in-place piping. So, on Sunday, January 7, LB Water delivered additional materials to make the appropriate connections. On a Sunday!”

“The fact that LB Water was able to meet the customer’s original deadline — when other waterworks vendors could not — demonstrates just how committed we are to supplying the materials our customers need, whenever and wherever they need them,” said Haworth. “We not only gained a new customer in Union Industrial Contractors, but we also earned the respect of Aqua Ohio, the Ashtabula Port Authority, and the City and County of Ashtabula,” said Haworth.


About LB Water

LB Water is a solutions-based provider of waterworks-infrastructure products to cities, counties, municipalities, private water and sewer authorities, and contractors throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its products include water-metering technologies, water infrastructure, sanitary and storm sewer systems, specialty products, and environmental (erosion and stabilization) solutions. It is a 100-percent, employee-owned organization. Founded in 1970 by Lehman B. Mengel, the company employs 200+ people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

Due to the inclement weather forecasted for tomorrow, the NUCA of DC Monthly Safety Meeting scheduled for 3/22/18 will be cancelled.  The presentation by Jim Kopernick of MAP Drug Testing on the newest technologies and methods of testing, and YOUR company’s policy vs liability will be rescheduled for a future meeting.

Miss Utility is hosting a FREE class regarding ITIC – ticket processing
and mapping

Come learn about the best approach to completing the ticket and using
available mapping tools on ITIC;
– Web User access, and their differences
– Using the many ticket ‘auto’ field selections
– Accurately completing each ticket field
– Mapping Tools
– Finding your work site on the map
– ITIC ticket Headers
– Processing subsequent ticket types (i.e., Updates, Corrections,
– Search and Status  – processing Ticket Check Discrepancy and
Dispute notices


DATE:   April 10, 2018 – CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED
TIME:   8:00am to about 10:00am
PLACE:  Miss Utility Cal Center, 7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Conference
Room (side entrance) Hanover, MD 21076
PARKING: Miss Utility – lower and upper lots and along Parkway Drive in
front of building. No construction vehicles/trucks/trailers on Miss
Utility parking lots
REFRESHMENTS:  Light refreshments prior to class
OTHER:  Electronic devices NOT needed for this class. Educational and
promotional materials provided.
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Traffic Safety Supplies Announces a fabulous day of great food & drink, door prizes  and special discounts – JUMP START YOUR SPRING!  For more details:  TSS OPEN HOUSE 2018

Firm Expanded from Six Attorneys in 1978 to a Leading Construction Law Firm with National and International Expertise

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 29, 2018 – Law firm Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP is celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing legal services to clients. On January 28, 1978, the firm began modestly with six lawyers specializing in construction, government contracts, and surety law. Over the years, the firm has added offices in Irvine, Calif., Seattle, Chicago and Miami, in addition to its original office in Virginia. While continuing to specialize in the above practice areas, the firm also represents clients in the areas of commercial litigation and creditor’s rights.

“In 40 years we’ve grown from a boutique law firm to twice being named the Leading Construction Law Firm in the United States by Chambers & Partners and developing a substantial international practice,” says Robert Fitzgerald, name partner. “As we enter our fifth decade, Watt Tieder has more than two dozen partners with 20-plus years of legal experience in the construction, surety and government contracts industries, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationships with our clients and our legacy of excellence.”

About Watt Tieder
Watt Tieder has represented clients in courts, arbitration and in administrative forums throughout the United States and internationally. The firm and many of its lawyers have been honored by such publications as Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Legal 500. The firm has twice been recognized as the top construction law firm in the United States by Chambers and Partners.

Invitation For Subcontractors & Suppliers To Bid
On Walter Reed Residential Project, Due Jan 18th

Paradigm Contractors, LLC is accepting bids on behalf of Urban Atlantic for the Walter Reed residential project, referenced as WVU, scheduled to start construction the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2018.
The project will be podium type construction with two levels of below grade parking and concrete wood framing above.  Quotes will be received from qualified subcontractors in the following disciplines: concrete, gypcrete, masonry, aluminum railings, misc. metal, rough/finish carpentry, wood stairs, millwork, waterproofing, traffic coating, building insulation, roofing, exterior trim / hardi siding, caulking, interior prehung doors, hollow metal doors and frames, overhead doors, vinyl windows, storefront/curtain wall, metal panels, drywall, flooring and tile, paint, bath accessories, fireplaces, trash compactors, appliances, site furnishing, casework, stone countertops, window coverings, swimming pool, elevators, trash chutes, fire protection, plumbing, water meters, HVAC, excavation, temporay dewatering, paving accessories, asphalt paving, site concrete, landscaping/irrigation, pavers, wet utilities, and dry utilities,
CBE contractors and suppliers are encouraged to participate. Bids will be accepted through 1/18/18.  If you are interested in bidding or finding out more about his project, contact Cristina Morales at