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If you think your water smells like a swimming pool this week, you’re right. The District and portions of Northern Virginia are putting chlorine in the water to keep biofilm–which sounds like scary gunk–from collecting on the pipes and impairing water quality. As part of this annual flush, you may also see water pouring from fire hydrants.
The water is still safe to drink, but may look, taste, or smell different. This process lasts until May 4 in DC, Arlington, and Falls Church City, and until the end of June in Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William.