DC Water Advisory Lifted for Shaw/Logan!


@dcwater tweets the good news (and photo above):

“The advisory has been lifted. #shawdc #logancircle

Residents should flush their water for 5 minutes to remove any old water in their lines. #shawdc #LoganCircle

We will continue to look for the source of the contamination but our flushing program has worked according to two EPA certified labs.”

From MPD:

“The DO NOT DRINK advisory has been lifted for affected DC Water customers. Customers in the affected portion of Northwest DC should flush their household or commercial plumbing before using tap water for all purposes. Please see the interactive map at www.dcwater.com or at http://bit.ly/1xrvzFM to review the boundaries of the previous impact area.

DC Water lifted the DO NOT DRINK advisory after confirming that the drinking water meets EPA drinking water standards. DC Water tested water samples from multiple sites in the affected area after extensive flushing was conducted in the pipe system. IMPORTANT***DC Water and EPA strongly urge you to flush water through your home or building by following the instructions outlined below:

Single-Family Homes:

* Begin at the sink on the lowest floor and run each cold water tap for 10 minutes.
* After 10 minutes, move to upper level sinks and run each cold water tap for 5 minutes.
* Flush your refrigerator’s water dispenser for 5 minutes.
* Discard any ice that was made during the Do Not Drink advisory.

* For automatic ice makers, make and discard one cycle of ice.

Commercial and Multifamily Buildings:

* Follow same procedure as above AND
* Notify all tenants to run every cold water tap for 5 minutes.

If you notice a petroleum-type odor after flushing, please notify the Drinking Water Division at 202-612-3440. If you have health concerns, please contact your healthcare provider for advice.

Share this information with your friends and neighbors, 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 public notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

DC Water continues to investigate the cause and source of the contamination. During this event, DC Water worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, its partners in the District of Columbia, DC Department of Environment, Washington Aqueduct, and the Metropolitan Washington region to communicate with the public and quickly restore water service.

Customers with water quality questions should contact DC Water’s Drinking Water Division at 202-612-3440 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). All other questions or suggestions should be directed to DC Water Customer Service at 202-354-3600 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or the 24-Hour Command Center at 202-612-3400. Information is also available at www.dcwater.com.”

5 Comment

  • Youll find me at Right Proper.

  • So what was the problem? I find it pretty frightening the lack of communication surrounding this entire thing. Tens of thousands of DC residents can’t use the poisoned water for a couple of days, and then they just say “no problem, drink away” without telling us the what, where and why’s of the issue?

    Highly sketchy

    • Emmaleigh504

      I ever news report I heard on it was they didn’t know where it was coming from, they were just hoping the flushing would work. If they don’t know, they can’t tell you.

    • I’m with you ^
      No updates for hours then 4pm on a Friday, problem solved? Very convenient, no one has to work over the weekend! Just kidding but still amirite?

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