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DC Water Issues Boil Water Advisory in Northeast DC

Thursday, August 5, 2021

(Washington, DC) – DC Water has issued a Boil Water Advisory for portions of Northeast due to the possibility of elevated levels of E. coli/coliform bacteria. Residents and businesses can learn more about impacted areas by using DC Water’s interactive map found here and at dcwater.com. Those who do not have internet access can call DC Water’s 24-Hour Command Center (202) 612-3400.

More information about the Boil Water Advisory can be found at dcwater.com

DC Water advises customers in the impacted area to follow the guidance below until the advisory is lifted:


  • Discard any beverages and ice made before and during this advisory.
  • Run cold water until clear (if discolored) prior to boiling.
  • Run cold water for 2 minutes if known sources of lead are present prior to boiling.
  • Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute and let it cool.
  • Store cooled water in a clean, covered container.

Cooled, boiled water or bottled water should be used for:


  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Preparing and cooking food
  • Washing fruits and vegetables
  • Preparing infant formula
  • Making ice
  • Giving water to pets

*Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiled or bottled water.

The Boil Water Advisory will be lifted when tests on two consecutive days show no bacteria are present and all customers can continue normal water use, which DC Water anticipates will be on Saturday, August 7.