Residents and businesses in Forest Hills and most of the Connecticut Avenue corridor have dodged the Boil Water Advisory from DC Water, but the kids and staff at our public schools haven’t been as fortunate. DC Water began issuing advisories Wednesday after a power outage at the Fort Reno pumping station resulted in a loss of water pressure. And the agency released this map:
Seven public schools have been affected, including Hearst, Murch, Janney, Lafayette, Deal and Wilson. So parents got the alert late Wednesday: School would open on time Thursday, but breakfast would not be served and lunch options would be limited, so students were encouraged to pack a lunch.
Murch parents later got word that the drinking fountains were covered with plastic bags and bottles of water had been delivered to classrooms. The Hearst school, on Facebook, was full of praise for “parents who brought in water and even some extra lunches for today’s water issue. It is wonderful being part of a community that really steps up.”
DC Water is telling folks on Twitter that water quality is being tested and it hopes to lift the advisory this afternoon.
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