Boil order issued for Shepherd Park neighborhood
The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has issued a boil-water advisory for the Shepherd Park neighborhood following a loss of pressure at about noon today.
The area affected by the alert, which WASA said affected about 750 buildings, can be seen here (pdf). The order will stay in effect for at least two days while the system is flushed and water is tested. More from WASA's press release:
"Although we do not have an indication that the water system has been contaminated, as a precaution, DC WASA recommends that you boil all water before use or use bottled water. Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, washing dishes, brushing teeth, making ice and for food preparation.
"In addition, discard any food prepared today with water after 11:00 am.
When preparing foods to eat, use the drinking water alternatives listed above or cook items that do not require water. For utensils and cooking instruments, use single-use items or those that have been sanitized. Some pathogens are not killed by alcohol gels or hand sanitizers, so soap and disinfected water are specifically recommended for hand washing."
Christopher Dean Hopkins
December 7, 2009; 5:20 PM ET
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