Reports of Water Problems in Petworth

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A reader writes:

“Water is out in a large swath of Petworth. “Pumps have failed” and WASA will not say when they will be fixed.”

Anyone having water problems this morning?

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  • Water is back on at 2nd & Upshur @ noon today (Monday).

  • Not sure if this is related or not, but walking to the metro Friday morning I noticed a fire hydrant being drained after the heavy rains in the area during last week. Wasn’t sure what the problem was but an official seemed to be monitoring it. Water pressure seemed fine on Newton this morning.

  • Water is back on on 3rd Street too. WASA on top of things. Color me pleasantly surprised.


    The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC WASA) is issuing a precautionary boil water/bottled water advisory for your neighborhood.

    DC WASA experienced a loss of pressure around noon on Monday, December 07, 2009.

    This resulted in a drop of water pressure in the vicinity of 16th Street, Military Road, Piney Branch and Eastern Avenue, NW.

    You are receiving this notice because you live within a smaller neighborhood that may have lost water pressure entirely, which could present a water quality problem.

    The exact boundaries of the area subject to his alert are listed at the end of this notice.

    Although we do not have an indication that the water system has been contaminated, as a precaution, DC WASA recommends that you boil all water before use or use bottled water. Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, washing dishes, brushing teeth, making ice and for food preparation addition, discard any food prepared with water today after 11:00 am.

    When preparing foods to eat, use the drinking water alternatives listed above or cook items that do not require water. For utensils and cooking instruments use single-use items or those that have been sanitized.

    Some pathogens are not killed by alcohol gels or hand sanitizers, so soap and disinfected water are specifically recommended for hand washing.

    The boil water advisory will continue until further notice, when the system is thoroughly flushed and the acceptable water quality is confirmed by water testing. This process will take at least two days.

    Please stay current by visiting our web site at

    DC WASA is taking all necessary steps to minimize the risk of water quality problems, including the immediate flushing of all lines in the impacted neighborhood.
    Please share this information with anyone who drinks this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

    You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

    Customers with questions about their water should call the DC WASA Water Quality Division at 202-612-3440 (Mon-Fri, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm).
    Media and others who would like to learn more about this announcement, should contact DC WASA Office of Public Affairs at 202-787-2200.

    DC WASA can be reached 24 hours a day at 202-612-3400.

    Joseph Martin
    Executive Office of the Mayor
    Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS)
    Outreach and Services Specialist – Ward 4
    1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Ste 211
    Washington, DC 20004-3003
    202-340-7853 mobile
    202-671-2337 Ward 4 Help Desk

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