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“In the system pending repairs” but this must’ve been leaking a loooong time

by Prince Of Petworth — September 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm 11 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Leaky Fire Hydrant Causing Algae Growth. The fire hydrant at 15th and U St NW has been leaking (with an out-of-order sign attached to it) for weeks. So long, in fact, that it’s causing algae to grow on the sidewalk.”

Another reader flagged this over the weekend and DC Water has replied:

“This hydrant is in the system pending repairs. Thanks guys.”

Ed. Note: DC Water is very responsive on twitter (and here) so don’t hesitate to contact them should encounter a water issue.

  • SB_DC

    That hydrant has been leaking since I lived up the block in 2013. It gets very icy.

  • FridayGirl

    I’ve been wondering about this for weeks! I almost got splashed by a biker going through the substantial puddle while waiting to cross the street the other day. Thank you for the update. Glad to know they are doing absolutely nothing.
    On a side note, can we talk about how 311 keeps closing work requests without actually fixing anything? It is driving me nuts.

    • houseintherear

      PLEASE comment on the “closed” request that it was not fixed, and then put in a new request. We need to keep on top of them, obviously… they’re manipulating numbers purposefully (IMO).

    • nctowashington

      “On a side note, can we talk about how 311 keeps closing work requests without actually fixing anything? It is driving me nuts.”

      YES. This is the worst. Just last week I made two separate requests, both were marked as “completed” and neither had been fixed. I called them and had them make two new requests referencing the first. They both involve stoplights and stop signs totally hidden by fallen tree branches in DuPont. Hopefully nobody is injured in an accident in the meantime, but this is now the 6th day that these signs are totally blocked. I wonder if the city could be held responsible for any accidents that happen due to those blocked signs after they closed a request without fixing the problem?

  • B”Dale Res

    Ah…DC Water. Come to Bloomingdale to see how fast they do work and address citizen concerns….

  • nevermindtheend
  • Anon

    Maybe it leaks off and on. But it has only been leaking like this for about a month.

    • INWDC

      “..only been leaking like this for about a month” The sad reality of living in the district is we become so accustomed to the low quality of our public services.

      • FridayGirl


  • Ian

    I also reported this hydrant to DC Water, 2 weeks ago. They said “an inspector will investigate” and I haven’t heard anything else from them. Sigh.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t look like DC’s 311 website has a way to report fire hydrant issues. You’d think that “Utility Repair Investigation” would include fire hydrants, but it is described as only covering cuts made on roadways. Having to report a fire hydrant issue on the DC Water website defeats the purpose of having a centralized service, aka 311, to report issues.

    The DC 311 website shows the estimated resolution time for the different issues you can put in a request for. Rodent inspection and treatment is supposed to be handled in 14 business days, but other services can have a much more varied schedule. Streetlight repair can take 2 days (bulb replacement) or up to 4-6 months. I put in a request to fix a gutter 3 years ago and it was closed out without any repair work being done. Ooops.


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