A reader writes in to report a water leak on 13th Street NW, between Otis and Monroe. It seems water has been flowing from a hole in 13th Street for more than two weeks. DC WASA has been notified about the leak time and again, yet it appears no crews have come on site to repair the problem.
The water may not be "gushing" so to speak, but the photos do show a good amount of water running down 13th Street. Note that when the photos were taken there had not been any rain, the water on the street is a result of the leak.
A few months ago, I noticed water running down 16th Street. I'd say it was similar in amount to what we see pictures above on 13th Street. A few weeks after I first noticed it, WASA had to shut down half of 16th Street to dig up the road between Crescent Place and Kalorama Road.
On Monday, I put in a request for information with WASA regarding the leak on 13th Street. As of Wednesday morning, I have not heard anything back. WASA may well have sent a crew to identify what the problem is, and determined it was not in need of urgent repair. However, for people who live on 13th Street, it's worrisome to see water flow down the street and have no feedback from WASA on what the problem is. Water isn't free, and I have to imagine weeks of water flowing from a hole in the street is damaging for the roadway. Hopefully 13th Street won't collapse into a sinkhole.
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