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WASA Says Conserve H20 After Main Breaks

WASA was kept on its toes in Southeast yesterday after five water main breaks in the early morning. Crews were still working on the problem late yesterday.

Residents in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River are advised to conserve water - no car washing, lawn watering or other activities that use large volumes of water - until the repairs are completed.

Continue reading for a report from WASA about the breaks. It was released late yesterday:

• Work to repair a 20-inch main break at 18th Street and Minnesota Ave. will continue through the evening. As a result, customers may experience low water pressure or no water service in an area that includes Minnesota Ave. from 18th to Good Hope Rd., SE; Good Hope Rd. from Minnesota Ave. to 14th Street, SE; T Street from 18th Street to Minnesota Ave., SE; and 17th Street from Minnesota to S Street, SE.
• Bryan Place and Bangor Road, SE - 8-inch main (Repairs completed)
• Morris Road and Mt. View Place, SE - 8-inch water main break (Repairs completed)
• F Street between Texas Avenue and Hilltop Terrace, SE -8-inch main (Repairs completed)
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• 4th Street and Mississippi Avenue, SE -16-inch main may affect residents and Simon Elementary School.
• Atlantic Street between Livingston Road and Valley Avenue, SE - a 6-inch connector to a hydrant broke, flooding the basement of an apartment building. Two families were re-located. The fire hydrant was shut off. A restoration crew was dispatched to the scene this morning. (Repairs completed)...

The investigation by DC WASA officials into the cause of the main breaks includes a review of work at the nearby Fort Stanton Reservoir, which may have affected the pressure in the distribution system.

By Marcia Davis  |  May 7, 2008; 5:59 AM ET
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