Part of the Capital Crescent Trail in D.C. is closed to the public after a suspected sewer overflow.
D.C. Water officials say the section of the trail between Fletcher's Cove and Water Street in Georgetown will be closed as they investigate a potential sanitary sewer overflow. This is the second such closure this month.
The utility is warning residents that venturing into cordoned-off areas of the trail could expose them to untreated sewage, which can carry pathogens that cause illnesses such as hepatitis. But it also says the affected area will be decontaminated and that this overflow does not impact the city's drinking water system, which is separate from its wastewater system.
This latest overflow comes in the midst of a $2.6 billion construction project designed to reduce these sorts of combined sewer overflows, which typically occur during heavy rainfalls.