Untreated Sewage Leaks Onto D.C. Trail

A month's worth of rain that fell within just one day caused an untreated sewage leak on a popular exercise trail.

According to D.C. Water, the Capital Crescent Trail between Fletchers Cove and Water Street in Georgetown will be closed to the public for about a week for cleanup after a sewer broke. The tunnel below Canal Road near Foxhall is also closed. 

In addition to avoiding the trail, D.C. Water officials advise residents also avoid contact with the Potomac River for 72 hours, as heavy rainfall caused an estimated five million gallons of sewage to overflow into the river.

An average of 638 million gallons per year of sewage flows into the Potomac River during rainstorms. 

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