- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2007


Tap water called safe despite odor

Washington Aqueduct officials say the tap water is safe to drink despite dozens of complaints about a strange odor.

Washington Aqueduct spokesman Thomas Jacubus said algae is growing in the Potomac River because the water is low and the temperatures are high. He said the water might be flavored from the algae.

Officials said they are adding an extra step to the filtering process to absorb the odor after about 50 people in the District and Northern Virginia complained.

They said the treatment should be noticeable in two or three days.



Girl, 14, killed in auto crash

A 14-year-old girl is dead after a single-car crash early yesterday.

Police said the victim’s 17-year-old sister was behind the wheel of the Nissan at about 4:45 a.m. when the car hit a utility pole in the 3600 block of Jermantown Road.

The 14-year-old died at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The 17-year-old suffered minor injuries.

Investigators think speed was a factor in the accident, but no alcohol was involved.

The names of the victim and the driver were not released yesterday.


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