Bottle of hydrochloric acid found at Petworth spray park

An example of muriatic (hydrochloric) acid used at a pool

An example of muriatic (hydrochloric) acid used at a pool

File under WTF for the DC's Department of Parks & Recreation...

A parent found a full and uncapped bottle of muriatic (hydrochloric) acid at the Petworth Spray park on Sunday. The chemical is used as a cleaning agent and likely left by a DPR employee after cleaning the water pumps, etc., for the opening weekend... a very, very absent-minded employee who needs to be retrained on proper chemical handling.  (Here's some examples on how muriatic acid is used.)

Read the full article and some angry comments on

5/27/15 Update: I followed up with the DCPR Aquatics Director.

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.

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