Boil Water Advisory in NE DC; some residents warned water could be contaminated

DC Water says a 12-inch water main ruptured under V Street NE on Sunday, causing a pressure drop. (Courtesy DC Water)

Parts of Northeast D.C. are being advised to boil their water before drinking or cooking, after a broken main led to a pressure drop late Sunday.

D.C. Water said crews worked overnight to mend a ruptured 12-inch pipe under V Street NE, between 33rd Street and South Dakota Avenue. The provider issued the boil notice on Sunday evening after residents of the Fort Lincoln, Woodridge and Langdon neighborhoods reported a partial or total loss of water pressure.

A reduction in pressure can increase the chance of the water being contaminated by disease-causing organisms. The utility said it would take samples on Monday and Tuesday, and that it might be able to end the advisory on Wednesday if no contamination is found.

“We have no information that the water was contaminated by this incident, but issue this advisory as a precaution while we test the water,” the advisory states.

As of Monday morning, the areas impacted are:

  • East of Montana Avenue
  • West of Eastern Avenue
  • South of Rhode Island Avenue
  • North of New York Avenue

You can search your address in this map to see if you’re in the affected area, or call D.C. Water’s command center at 202-612-3400.

Residents under the advisory should bring water to a boil for one minute and let it cool before use. D.C. Water said a filtering device won’t work as an alternative to boiled or bottled water.

D.C. Water is closed for Memorial Day, and reopens at 8 a.m. Tuesday, though its command center is open for emergencies.

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Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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