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The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) Web site offers tips on water conservation: “Do your part during a drought….Double check for leaks.” Good advice. At the corner of Kennedy and 5th Streets NW on June 4, a dark-green hydrant, leaning about 20 degrees from vertical, was making a purring sound; water rose steadily from its base, spilled off the curb in a yard-wide cascade, and flowed down the street into a storm drain. According to neighbors, that had been the scene for three or four weeks, since a car struck the hydrant one night. WASA learned about the leak May 24 and put out a repair order, spokesperson Libby Lawson says, but she doesn’t know the projected repair date. Meanwhile, the water keeps flowing. “If it had been in Georgetown, it would have been fixed the next day,” says Calvin Beale, who lives nearby. —Joe Dempsey