The water regulating body of Washington D.C. has advised residents and businesses in a major portion of the city to avoid drinking tap water without boiling it, due of a contamination risk.
A problem with the water system on Thursday night made it "possible for contaminants to enter the water," DC Water, the regulatory body, said in a statement, reported NBC.
According to the officials, there is no information indicating that any water was contaminated and the "boil water advisory" is a precaution.
DC Water stated that it is safe to bathe and shower, but have asked residents to avoid swallowing the running water.
An estimated 34,000 DC Water customers are affected, spokesman Vince Morris said.
Residents of an entire apartment complex can be counted as a single customer.
The advisory in effect in parts of Northwest and Northeast Washington D.C. is expected to last for 24 to 48 hours.
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