Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter II. Dulles International Airport Sanitary Sewer.


§ 34–2131. Commissioner authorized to develop plan for interceptor and sewer line.

The Mayor of the District of Columbia (or his designated agents), hereinafter called the Mayor, is hereby authorized to develop a plan for a sanitary interceptor and trunk sewer line to extend from Dulles International Airport to the District of Columbia system, hereinafter called the Potomac interceptor, which shall be of sufficient capacity to provide service for such airport and for the expected community growth and development in the adjacent areas in the States of Maryland and Virginia. Such plan shall be developed in consultation with the National Capital Planning Commission and the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments.


(June 12, 1960, 74 Stat. 210, Pub. L. 86-515, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 43-1621.

1973 Ed., § 43-1620.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 34-2132.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 34–2132. Potomac interceptor — Plans, construction, operation, and maintenance; charges for use.

(a) Upon completion of the plan authorized by § 34-2131, the Mayor is authorized to provide for acquisition of rights-of-way, development of the detailed plans and specifications, and construction of the Potomac interceptor. When such interceptor is completed, it shall be operated and maintained by the Mayor as a part of a regional sanitary sewer system in cooperation with the proper authorities of the state and local jurisdictions concerned, under such regulations as may be prescribed by the Council of the District of Columbia.

(b) The Mayor is authorized to establish, by agreements with the appropriate agencies of the United States and with the proper authorities of the States and local jurisdictions concerned, charges for the use of the Potomac interceptor, which shall be based upon the costs of operation, maintenance, and amortization of the cost of all planning and construction (including acquisition of rights-of-way) of such interceptor, but which shall exclude such amount as may be appropriated pursuant to § 34-2133.

(c) The Mayor shall also charge all users of the Potomac interceptor, including any agency of the United States for carrying, treating, and disposing of sewage in the sewerage system of and within the District of Columbia consistently with the provisions of §§ 2-207.01 and 2-207.02.


(June 12, 1960, 74 Stat. 211, Pub. L. 86-515, § 2; Sept. 11, 1967, 81 Stat. 224, Pub. L. 90-84, § 1; Dec. 15, 1971, 85 Stat. 654, Pub. L. 92-196, title V, § 502; Jan. 22, 1976, D.C. Law 1-42, § 4(a), (b), 22 DCR 6316.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 43-1622.

1973 Ed., § 43-1621.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(330) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 34–2133. Potomac interceptor — Appropriations.

For the purposes of carrying out the provisions of this subchapter, there is authorized to be appropriated, without fiscal year limitation, the sum of $3,000,000, as the federal contribution toward the cost of planning, acquiring rights-of-way for, and constructing the Potomac interceptor.


(June 12, 1960, 74 Stat. 210, Pub. L. 86-515, § 3; Jan. 22, 1976, D.C. Law 1-42, § 4(c), 22 DCR 6316.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 43-1623.

1973 Ed., § 43-1622.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 34-2132.


§ 34–2134. Potomac interceptor — Acquisition of land in Maryland or Virginia; transfer of land from department or agency of United States.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to acquire by purchase, condemnation, donation, or otherwise, any land or any interest in land located in Maryland or Virginia needed for construction and operation of the Potomac interceptor. Title to any such land or interest in land shall be taken in the name of the United States but shall be under the jurisdiction and control of the Mayor. For the purpose of acquiring any such land or any interest in land, the Mayor shall be deemed to be an officer of the government within the meaning and for the purposes of § 257 [revised; see now 40 U.S.C. § 3113] of Title 40, United States Code. The provisions of §§ 258a-258e and 258f [revised; see now 40 U.S.C. §§ 3114 to 3118] of Title 40, United States Code, shall be applicable to any condemnation proceedings instituted pursuant to authority of this subchapter.

(b) When any land under the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States may be needed for the construction or operation of the Potomac interceptor, the appropriate officer of such department or agency is authorized, upon request of the Mayor, to transfer to the Mayor jurisdiction over so much of such land, or of such interests therein, as the Mayor shall request.


(June 12, 1960, 74 Stat. 211, Pub. L. 86-515, § 5.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 43-1624.

1973 Ed., § 43-1624.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.