Water Main Breaks Dashboard
Water Main Breaks:
This dataset is host to DC Water's information about Water Main Break for the last five years. The dataset is updated weekly. To display water main break details, zoom in and click on one of the points. The information provided is limited to the best available data in DC Water’s possession at the time the dataset was loaded.
More Information on Water Main Breaks
As the weather turns cold, water main breaks become more common. This is due to the expansion and contraction of the pipe material which weakens it. Pipe corrosion, soil conditions, age and ground movement can also cause water main breaks, creating unexpected problems for customers and motorists. DC Water averages between 400 and 500 water main breaks per year.
During the busiest weeks, DC Water may have over 20 different water main breaks at one time. DC Water prioritizes water main repairs based on several factors such as severity of the break, impact to customers and the environment, potential damage to public and private property, and unsafe traffic conditions due to street flooding. Anyone observing water running from streets or sidewalks is encouraged to report the leak to DC Water. Report a problem online at dcwater.com, call DC Water's
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