Water Main Breaks in SE DC; Residents Without Water for Nearly 24 Hours

Water has been restored to about 30 homes and nine apartment buildings nearly 24 hours after an 8-inch water main broke on Minnesota Avenue SE Saturday evening.

A District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority spokeswoman said the water line broke around 8 p.m. between Ridge Road and B Street SE.

About 7:20 p.m. Sunday, D.C. Water crews restored service.

The spokeswoman for D.C. Water said repairs were delayed, because the line broke near a large tree. The Urban Forestry Administration was taking down the tree about 5:45 p.m. Sunday. Once the tree was cleared, D.C. Water crews were able to make repairs.

Minnesota Avenue, Southeast, was closed between East Capitol Street and B Street. Nine apartment buildings, 30 homes and 2 fire hydrants are affected by the water main break.

Officials don’t know why the line broke.

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