Water Pressure Woes Continue in S. Arlington

by Katie Pyzyk January 18, 2013 at 8:45 am 11 Comments

Water main break on Columbia Pike (file photo)The 30 inch water main that broke earlier this week at Arlington Blvd and S. Irving Street continues to cause water pressure trouble for residents in South Arlington.

Residents in Lyon Park, Buckingham, Douglas Park, Arlington Heights, Alcova Heights, Arlington Ridge and portions of Crystal City may be affected, along with portions of surrounding neighborhoods. According to the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services (DES), the worst pressure issues will likely be during peak times in the morning from 6:00-9:00 a.m., and in the evening from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

The county is asking residents to help reduce the pressure problems by minimizing water use at peak times. For example, run dishwashers and washing machines during off-peak hours or take a shower at a different time.

The affected water main is more than 60 years old and will remain out of service while the county brings in an expert who specializes in prestressed concrete cylinder pipes. County staff will also need to order or borrow the parts necessary for the repair. It’s unclear exactly how long the repair will take, but it could be up to a week.

Yesterday, low temperatures and the repair work prompted several leaks in neighborhoods near the water main, further reducing pressure in the system. Residents who see a leak or have other water concerns can contact the Water Emergency hotline at 703-228-6555.

“We appreciate the patience of Arlington residents as we continue to work through this challenging repair,” said DES Communications Specialist Myllisa Kennedy.

  • South Side Chris

    Another morning of drizzly showering in Fairlington Villages.

  • YTK

    I am sure the water problems will be a thing of the past when the glorious trolley starts running its route – oh wait– those pipes are buried under the tracks? Hmmmm……

  • IG candidate

    The county will hold a closed session meeting next Friday to discuss a new TIF district for all of South Arlington for the purpose of selling retail bonds which will fund the repair of the affected water mains.

    Your patience is appreciated and they regret the inconvenience.

  • Looks like I’ll be adjusting and taking my showers before bed now. I hope they’ve identified the source (and there are no other leaks) and can fix it. Thank you for the updates on this!

    Also, minor nit-pick: the title of this article says S. Arlington, but Buckingham (my neighborhood) is actually in N. Arlington.

    • South Side Chris

      North county can’t even let us have a broken water main and poor quality bathing all to ourselves. Gotta take a piece of everything don’t ya?

      • Southie

        Thank you for making me laugh.

  • Enrique

    An aspiring politician really ought to try to make hay out of the increasingly common water main failures in South Arlington. This is an unacceptable level of service considering the County’s high tax base.

    • WeiQiang

      i think you should consider running. develop the predictive capability to forecast water main breaks and you’d be golden.

    • pol

      Twice in 9yrs this has affected me. Not a major issue son.

  • fedworker

    I guess an aquatics center in SoArl doesn’t sound like a good idea. So my guess is that Tejada will propose a TIF to pay for one in SoArl.

  • brendan

    So for what has to be the tenth time in the last five years, we’re going at least a couple days without water pressure…. how many 60+ year old 30″ pipes are there? And why the hell is the county more focused on building an indoor lazy river than addressing basic infrastructure needs???


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