Anyone Know Why?


“Dear PoPville,

Every morning for the past week on my ride to work, I pass by a fire hydrant that’s intentionally spewing water into the street in front of the Willard hotel. Anyone know why this is happening? Are they doing some type of maintenance or work on the sewage system?”

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  • Dunno, but my office is nearby and our building has been closed a few random days over the last couple of weeks for “water main repairs”. We weren’t given any specifics as to what it’s about.

  • I’d guess it’s just the simplest way to flush/drain portions of the system in support of repairs.

  • Mug of Glop

    I saw this thing running like this I think two weeks ago. I’m surprised it’s still going on.

  • Hey everyone,

    @Sproc is correct. We typically open hydrants to either drain a water main for repair or to equalize water pressure. It happens fairly regularly.

    With regard to @Nearby’s comment: We’re chasing down a leak on a 30 inch main which is 3-4 times the size of a average main. So you’ve probably seen our crews blowing off hydrants to drain sections of the main for inspection. Hope this was helpful. If anyone ever has any questions, feel free to tweet @dcwater. We’ll be happy to help.

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