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DC Water working on damaged pipe near Capital Crescent Trail

DC Water is working on repairs after a break occurred in the Upper Potomac Interceptor.
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Water is working on repairs after a break occurred in the 'Upper Potomac Interceptor'.

On April 30, a large interceptor sewer carrying sewage to be treated at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, was damaged. The break caused around 5 million gallons of combined sewage to overflow into the Potomac River. The spill ran overland and over the trail before reaching the river, officials said.

A temporary sewer line was used to bypass the damaged pipe while repairs are made. A contractor crew was sent to complete a bypass of the sewer line, officials with DC Water said.

Repairs are expected to take up to a week or more.

The Capital Crescent Trail will remain closed until the repairs are finished, officials said. This is the area between Fletchers Cove and the end of the trail at Water Street in Georgetown.