Boil advisory issued for parts of Northwest and Northeast DC


WASHINGTON — DC Water is advising customers in parts of Northwest and Northeast D.C. to boil their water for cooking and drinking until further notice.

An open valve at the Bryant Street Pumping Station resulted in a loss of pressure in parts of its distribution system for about an hour, the company said in a news release.

A loss of pressure in the pipe system means it is possible for contaminants to enter the water.

The company said the advisory affects customers who live within the area that is bounded by the following streets:

  • The north bounded by Western Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue Northwest to Nebraska Avenue to Military Road to Missouri Avenue to New Hampshire Avenue
  • To the east by Eastern Avenue
  • To the south by New York Avenue to K Street to Whitehurst Freeway
  • To the west by Canal Road to the Clara Barton Parkway

A map of the area can be seen below.


A map of the area affected by the boil advisory. (Courtesy DC Water)

Customers should also boil water if they experience low water pressure or had no water after 8:30 p.m. on July 12. If customers don’t have water, they’re advised to boil water when service is restored.

To minimize the risk, DC Water said customers should take the following steps:

  • If water is discolored, run the tap until clear before boiling
  • Bring water to a rolling boil for three minutes
  • Allow water to cool before using
  • Store cooled water in a clean container with a cover

Customers should use cooled, boiled water or bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, preparing and cooking food, making ice, preparing infant formula or giving water to pets.

DC Water said the valve problem has been corrected and pressure restored. Teams from the company will continue to test samples of the water and will lift the advisory when the water is determined to be safe.

If you’re a customer and did not experience low water pressure and do not live in the affected area, you don’t have to boil water.


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