Building a livable, walkable city means creating a mix of neighborhood amenities, like the spectacular Barracks Row, within minutes of your home.

Since joining the D.C. Council, Tommy has won support throughout Washington for his fundamental goal: creating a livable and walkable city for all. He brings the skill to forge the kind of collaboration that translates great ideas into real improvements. Whether bringing Ward 6 residents back to their neighborhood schools or creating the next generation of public transportation, Tommy works with the leadership and communities in every corner of Ward 6 — from the Southwest Waterfront to the H Street Corridor, from Shaw to Capitol Hill — to guide development that focuses on neighborhood needs.

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December 17, 2014 Do Not Drink Advisory Issued for DC Water Customers in Small Portion of Northwest DC From a DC Water press release:

DC Water has received reports of a petroleum-type smell in the area bounded by:

South - Q St. NW and Rhode Island Ave. NW

East - 8th St. NW

West - 13th St. NW

North - S St. NW (between 9th St. NW and 13th St. NW) and T St. NW (between 7th St. NW and 9th St. NW)

(also shown on the map at this url: 

We are currently investigating the situation and the affected area may change as we continue analysis. The map will be updated if it changes. If you notice a petroleum smell from your drinking water, please do not consume the water and do not use it for bathing or other hygiene activities. 

PLEASE NOTE: Skin and eye irritations may occur if water is used for bathing and other hygiene activities.

Customers in other areas of the District of Columbia are not affected and can continue to use their water as usual. DC Water advises customers in the impact area to use bottled water for drinking and cooking until testing confirms that the water is safe and to take precaution when using the water for bathing. To minimize risk, follow the instructions outlined in this advisory.

Do not use water for:

  • Drinking
  • Preparing and cooking food
  • Washing fruits and vegetables
  • Preparing infant formula
  • Brushing teeth
  • Making ice
  • Giving water to pets
  • Taking showers and baths

Continue to use water for:

  • Washing clothes or dishes
  • Flushing the toilet
  • Watering plants

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, DC Water received reports of a petroleum-type smell in the drinking water.   DC Water is working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), District of Columbia government and the District Department of the Environment to immediately notify the public and to take steps to remove any contamination.

Customers will be notified immediately when the advisory is lifted.

Please share this information with everyone who drinks or uses this water, especially those who may not receive this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

For more information, visit or contact DC Water Customer Service at 202-354-3600 or the 24-Hour Command Center at 202-612-3400.


December 9, 2014 Pepco Prepared for Cold Weather; Payment Resources Available to Customers

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Pepco wants to remind customers it has payment programs for customers who may be experiencing financial conditions that make it difficult to keep their accounts current during  these cold weather stretches and higher usage periods. Many of these arrangements can be made directly over the phone by calling (202) 833-7500 and following the simple instructions or through a customer service representative. Either way, Pepco is more than glad to provide help through difficult periods  throughout the year.

"We urge customers to contact us to seek our assistance whenever they encounter payment difficulties,"  said Donna Cooper, Pepco Region president.  "By doing so, we are better able to work with our valued customers. We are here to help."

Special Payment Arrangements: Pepco has a variety of individually tailored payment arrangements available for customers aimed at bringing their account up to date over a mutually agreeable period of time. Call (202) 833-7500 and follow the simple instructions or  speak with  a customer service representative.  

Budget Billing: Customers can avoid seasonal peaks in electric bills by dividing their payments evenly over the course of the entire year.

This plan makes it easier to budget and pay electric bills each month, because customers know their regular payment amount. To sign up for budget billing, customers can register either by calling customer service at (202) 833-7500 or online through "My Account," a secure self-service option that will allow customers to:

  • View and pay their bills
  • Sign up for eBill (paperless billing)
  • Get e-mail notification when bills are ready
  • Take advantage of features that can help save energy

Once customers register for My Account, they just need to log in and click on the "Budget Billing" button.

Extended Payment Date Plan: This allows residential customers whose main source of total household income is from government or other low-income entitlement programs to request a regular extension of their bill due dates without incurring  a late charge so their bill due dates align with the dates they get their checks. To apply, call Pepco at (202) 833-7500 or submit the enrollment form online at

Energy Assistance Programs: Some federal energy assistance may be available through state and local assistance programs. Customers can get more information on those programs by calling Pepco at (202) 833-7500.

To save energy and money, customers can call Customer Service or visit our website at to learn more about programs to help pay for more energy-efficient products, simple steps they can take to conserve energy usage and how to monitor their energy consumption.


For more information and updates, visit, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at PepcoConnect, and download our mobile app at


December 2, 2014 DC Councilmember Tommy Wells announces winners of 2014 Livable, Walkable Awards

Awards presentation and celebration to be held December 3 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center

(Washington, DC) Today, DC Councilmember Tommy Wells announced the winners of the 2014 Livable, Walkable Awards:

·         Neighbor Award: John E. Hill

·         Business Award: AtlasVet | Dr. Matthew Antkowiak  & Dr. Chris Miller

·         Community Organization Award: Capitol Hill Community Foundation | Nicky Cymrot, President

·         Public Service Award: Officer Tyrone Hardy | Metropolitan Police Department, First District

·         Civic Pride: Arena Stage |Molly Smith, Artistic Director; Edgar Dobie, Executive Producer

"To create a truly livable, walkable community, it takes leadership and vision -- not just from those elected to office, but also from our neighbors, city employees, civic organizations, and local businesses," said Councilmember Wells. "The Livable, Walkable Awards celebrate the leadership, commitment and vision of people who are making our great city even greater."

Wells will present the awards at a celebration tomorrow, December 3, 2014. This event is free and open to the public; details are below.


WHAT:            Livable, Walkable Awards

WHEN:            December 3, 7 to 9pm

WHERE:           Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street, NE

Washington, DC 20002

DETAILS:         In addition to the awards presentation, the event will feature a wide variety of food provided by Nandos Peri-Peri, Crunkcakes, H & Pizza, Dangerously Delicious Pies, Matchbox, Harry's Bar & Grill and Queen Vic and The Argonaut. Music provided by DJ Alvin Judd. Contributions have also been provided by the Atlas Performing Arts Center, CreateDC, Frager's Just Ask Rentals and Surroundings.


December 1, 2014 Tommy Wells's statement on the passing of Steve Cymrot

The Capitol Hill community has lost a giant. Steve Cymrot, who unexpectedly passed away on Saturday due to injuries sustained in a traffic accident, was much more than a dear friend and good neighbor. Steve was a visionary philanthropist who saw our community's enormous potential and, with his gifted wife Nicky, led the Capitol Hill Community Foundation to drive its transformation.

Steve was a close advisor to candidates and elected officials of Ward 6, volunteering his time, donating meeting space, and providing the coffee for local leaders and neighbors to work together on improving our neighborhoods. All of our local schools and nonprofit organizations, along with generations of leaders who were mentored by Steve, bear the imprint of his generosity and wisdom.  

Steve had a keen understanding of what made Capitol Hill a special place to live and devoted his formidable talent and boundless friendship to making it even more so. From raising funds in the aftermath of the devastating fire at Eastern Market to providing key support for the Hill Center, Steve was instrumental in Capitol Hill's metamorphosis into one of the best places to live in America. 

Steve will be missed by so many, like me, who have always counted on him to be there with sage advice, gentle humor, or even a good book to help us make it through the next day, week, or year. I will always cherish the times I spent with Steve and regret their ending too soon. My heart goes out to his wife and family, who I know will so ably sustain his memory and great work.

November 26, 2014 8th Annual Livable, Walkable Awards


Please mark your calendar for December 3, 2014 and join us Tommy Wells's 8th annual Livable, Walkable Awards from 7 to 9pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE.

"To create a truly livable, walkable community, it takes leadership and vision -- not just from those elected to office, but also from our neighbors, city employees, civic organizations, and local businesses," said Councilmember Wells. "The Livable, Walkable Awards celebrate the leadership, commitment, and vision of people who are making our great city even greater."

At the event, Councilmember Wells will hand out this year's awards in four categories:

  • The Neighbor Award;
  • The Business Award;
  • The Community Organization Award; and
  • The Public Service Award

In addition to the awards, there will be a wide variety of tasty food provided by:

  • Nandos Peri-Peri
  • Crunkcakes
  • H & Pizza
  • Dangerously Delicious Pies
  • Matchbox
  • Harry's Bar & Grill
  • Queen Vic
  • The Argonaut

Special thanks also to Frager's Just Ask Rental, Surroundings, CreateDC and Atlas Performing Arts Center for contributing to the event.

The event is free and open to the public, but please let us know you're coming by clicking here.