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Boil water advisory issued in DC and Arlington County – NBC4 Washington

Boil water advisory issued in DC and Arlington County – NBC4 Washington

Boil water advisory issued in DC and Arlington County – NBC4 Washington

A boil water advisory was issued for the entire District of Columbia and Arlington County on Wednesday evening. The Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery and Reagan National Airport were also affected.

The Army Corps of Engineers detected increased turbidity (technically referred to as cloudiness) in water drawn from the Washington Aqueduct, which supplies the District and Arlington County. Turbidity could provide a medium for microbial growth and could indicate the presence of disease-causing organisms, the water authority says.

The warning is a precautionary one and affected residents should boil any water they plan to drink or ingest. DC Water said cold water should be run for two minutes before boiling. Water should be boiled for one minute before being cooled and stored in a clean, covered container.

DC Water has also advised residents to throw away any beverages and ice made after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Bottled water can be used for drinking, brushing teeth, preparing and cooking food, washing fruits and vegetables, preparing infant formula, making ice, hand washing dishes, and giving water to pets.

DC Water says the increased turbidity means water treatment must be adjusted to account for any potential contamination.

The advisory will remain in effect until testing confirms the water is safe to drink.