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Shaw and Logan Circle-area residents can once again drink safely straight from their faucets.
At 4 p.m. today, DC Water lifted a “Do Not Drink” advisory for a small portion of Northwest after the water there had tested positive Thursday for some petroleum contamination. Four D.C. public schools were closed due to the advisory. DC Water said this afternoon that the water now meets Environmental Protection Agency standards.
Now the water agency recommends that all residents and business owners in the affected areas flush their plumbing before using it by doing the following:
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 five minutes. • Flush your refrigerator’s water dispenser for five 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 five minutes.
If you notice a petroleum smell in your water, notify the Drinking Water Division at 202-612-3440
Map via DC Water