A water main is an underground piping system to carry water for the city.
There are many reasons for a water main to break; for example, erosion, soil conditions, extreme cold weather, excessive pressure, etc. An increase in the Washington, DC metropolitan population should be a positive sign of economic growth, it is also a concern to our basic utilities. So what happens when there is a water main break? Obviously, the convenience of having running water is interrupted.
Yes, the water company may redirect the water while the damaged water main is being repaired by installing current piping protections or installing new PVC piping, but is this a solution or a quick fix?
Contact your local water utility provider on how you can be part of the solution.