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DC Water upgrade blamed for water main breaks, sinkholes near new Wizards/Mystics facility

DC Water upgrade blamed for water main breaks, sinkholes near new Wizards/Mystics facility. (ABC7)

In the Congress Heights section of Southeast DC, water main breaks and even sinkholes have become a common sight.

Residents are pointing to the new water tower and a new pumping station that are part of a $100 million DC Water upgrade to remedy low water pressure. But they say the project has caused 40 water mains to break in the past two months.

DC Water installed valves in a thousand homes to prevent home systems from popping from the increased pressure. But several schools closed down for a second day as plumbers tried to find why their pressure was so low.

"Our water fountains and toilets are not flushing and so to make sure all the students are safe we decided to close the school" said one principal.

Some are calling for DC Water to lower the pressure to stop the old pipes from bursting.

Residents say the whole upgrade is for the new sports complex for the Wizards and Mystics, at the expense of residents.

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