D.C. water advisory effective for Northwest

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority is issuing a water advisory, effective immediately on March 5, 2014. Customers are recommended to boil their water first before cooking and drinking if they are experiencing low water pressure -- particularly in areas West and Southwest of Rock Creek Park. This is in the Tenleytown area - in an area including parts of Van Ness Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest.

D.C. Water blames a power outage at the Fort Reno pumping station. The advisory affects about 1,000 customers. It's also causing changes at some schools in the area.

Per D.C. Water:

Customers should:
- Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute.
- Allow water to cool before using.
- Store cooled water in a clean container with a cover.

Customers should use cooled, boiled water or bottled water for:
- Drinking
- Brushing teeth
- Preparing and cooking food
- Making ice
- Giving water to pets

Breakfast was not{ } served at Hearst Elementary, Janney Elementary, Lafayette Elementary, Mann Elementary, Murch Elementary, Deal Middle, and Wilson High Schools. Parents are told to pack their children's lunches because limited lunch will be available. The schools will have bottled water.