Boil water advisory in Northeast DC lifted days after pipe ruptures, what now?

Northeast residents won’t have to boil their tap water anymore starting Wednesday as D.C. Water said crews repaired a broken pipe. But there are some steps to take before drinking or cooking as usual.

D.C. Water lifted the boil water advisory Wednesday morning, days after some Northeast residents were warned the water may have been contaminated late Sunday.

The advisory was issued because of a ruptured main, but D.C. Water said crews have repaired the 12-inch pipe under V Street.

The affected areas include homes:

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

Here’s what those residents should do before going back to normal, according to D.C. Water:

  • Run the cold water taps for 10 minutes (if water was not used at all during the advisory).
  • Discard food or ice prepared with water that was not boiled during the advisory.
  • Consult the owner’s manual to find out how to sanitize appliances and home filtration systems if used during the advisory.

The water company tested samples from different sites and said it confirmed that the water wasn’t contaminated by the loss of pressure caused by the broken pipe.

D.C. water has an online map to check if you’re in the area that was previously under the advisory.

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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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