- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Residents of a roughly 6-square-block section of northwest Washington have been warned not to drink their water because of contamination with a petroleum product.

D.C. Water issued the do-not-drink advisory on Wednesday afternoon. The contaminated area is in the Shaw neighborhood just north of downtown Washington.

D.C. Water says it’s gotten reports of a petroleum-type smell in the water. In addition to not drinking the water, residents are being advised not to use it for bathing or cooking. It can be used for flushing toilets and washing clothes or dishes.

D.C. Water did not provide a timeline for when the water will be safe to drink.

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