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DC Water issues boil water notices in DC and Arlington areas

DC Water issues boil water notices in DC and Arlington areas

DC Water issues boil water notices in DC and Arlington areas

DC Water and Arlington County advised residents Wednesday night to boil water for at least one minute before drinking it, using it to cook food or giving it to pets, after the Army Corps of Engineers warned of clarity issues at local water sources.

The warnings were issued due to “elevated levels of turbidity in the water supply caused by increased algae blooms in the Potomac River,” the Army Corps of Engineers said.

The warning affects all customers in the District, the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery and Reagan National Airport, according to DC Water, which also issued warnings to residents via text message.

Arlington also issued a countywide boil water advisory due to the same issues at the Washington Aqueduct, saying customers may notice their water looking cloudy or murky. Residents in the Willston pressure zone, a small section of the county that borders Fairfax County, are not subject to this advisory, it added.

“Please throw away all beverages and ice produced after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2024,” DC Water said in a news release.

“Do not use household filtration devices instead of boiled or bottled water,” he added.

Turbidity, a measure of how cloudy or cloudy the water is, has no health effects but can interfere with disinfection or indicate the presence of bacteria, viruses and parasites, according to DC Water.