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Body Found in McMillan Reservoir on Saturday “There is no impact to the drinking water”

by Prince Of Petworth September 12, 2016 at 12:50 pm 14 Comments

McMillan Reservoir

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the death of a person whose body was discovered on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in the 2500 block of First Street, Northwest.

At approximately 7:33 pm, members of the Third District were called to the McMillan Reservoir where they located an unconscious, unidentified black male submerged underwater. No signs of life or obvious cause of death were observed. The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

A reader inquires:

“Having read the news about a body found in the water at the reservoir and not finding any “advisory” on the DC Water web site or the news outlets, can you kindly address the topic so that it may generate information for the general public please. Ultimately i would like to know the extent to which i would need to go in terms of substituting bottled water ie making pasta, coffee etc which fall outside of my bottled water consumption usage. While they mentioned later in the day that the process was being diverted elsewhere, there was no mention of if the existing water in the pipes posed a risk etc.”

DC Water explains:

There is no impact to the drinking water distributed in the district. McMillan is one of the two water treatment facilities operated by the Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct. In response to the discovery, the Aqueduct shutdown the McMillan plant while the reservoir was disinfected as a precaution. During that time, customers got their water from the Dalecarlia Treatment Plant. The McMillan plant has since been returned to service.

It is important to point out that the reservoir stores untreated water prior to the treatment process. It is filtered and disinfected after it leaves the reservoir. DC Water is confident the Aqueduct has taken the necessary precautions and the incident is not a threat to our customers’ water supply or health.”

  • AnotherNYTransplant

    No, no need for an advisory at all. Everything is fine, nothing to see here.

  • Truxton Thomas

    You mean I don’t shower in unadulterated bird-poop water? I’ll be darned.

  • madmonk28

    You’d be shocked what fish do in that water.

  • Arouet

    I think the bigger question is why the “reader” only drinks bottled water. What a waste.

    • L.

      Agreed! Like DC Water explains, there’s nothing wrong with the water coming out of the taps. In fact, most bottled water IS just bottled TAP WATER, sold by big corporations like Coca Cola, PepsiCo, etc. at an ENORMOUS markup. And all those bottles are a huge negative for the environment.

      This person didn’t really think we’re drinking unfiltered water out of the Potomac, Anacostia, and the reservoir did they?

    • textdoc
      • textdoc

        I agree with the general point, though. I don’t know how the bottled-water industry has managed in the past 15 years or so to hoodwink so many people in the U.S. into thinking that they need to pay $$ for something that is (almost) free.

  • There are dead things in all our water. Even bottled. #shocker

  • eva

    Notwithstanding all of the above posts that are accurate, don’t you cook pasta in BOILING water anyway?

    This person was more concerned about their pasta water than a deceased person. WTF.

    • LGinMtP


  • Michelle

    God, people really suck sometimes. Someone was found dead, and you’re concerned about yourself? How about wondering “how did he get in there? How/why did he die?” Ugh.

    • re union

      my tax dollars pay for the investigation piece. and quite frankly I don’t give a damn how the person got in there. Since you are concerned about the deceased I suppose you will be sending us a link to the gofundme page for the burial expenses what I want to know about is my business, as well as what i want to know about the quality of my drinking water get a life or go hold the collection cup to pay for the deceased’s burial and a college fund for their offspring

      • ash

        you need to go re-evaluate yourself because i actually knew this person .. he was like a brother to me. so i suggest you watch what you say and just move on …

  • Carol

    I’m so relieved to know enough chemicals go into DC tap water that not even a body floating dead for an undetermined number of days will impact me or my immunosuppression negatively. I’ll just file this in my brain under “denial” so I don’t Freak Out! I guess my question is… What about the water I drank the hours or days before the body was found? My husband says not to worry, there is plenty of questionable stuff in that water daily.


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