The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers rejected warnings from consultants who said as early as 1994 that lead contamination was a serious threat because of the way the two agencies were managing the water supply, according to records and interviews.
“It looks like operator incompetence,” said Jim Elder, who from 1990 to 1995 was the director of the drinking water program at the Environmental Protection Agency. “They knew what to do for years, and they didn’t take the basic steps to protect the public, even when the problem was obvious.”
More incompetence from Washington D.C. bureaucracies? This should not be news to anyone, incompetence is the normal state of government.
If this were a private company, politicians would be screaming to jail the CEO and executives. In this case, there will be headlines for a couple of week, then everything will return to normal.
Someone may retire, someone else may resign, and that will be the end of it. Back to business as usual.