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New Living Wall Acts as a Billboard for Green Tools

Monday, August 10, 2015  |  Brian.R

Philadelphia residents and tourists in the city’s historic Independence Hall area can now soak in a truly stunning piece of green infrastructure. Thanks to a partnership between Philadelphia Water, the National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park and SHIFT DESIGN, a breathtaking new “living wall" is now managing stormwater runoff from the roof of the Department of Interior building...

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Throwback Thursday: The Amazing 'Torresdale Conduit'

Thursday, July 30, 2015  |  Brian.R

While a bit eerie—14 people died during the multiyear construction of the project pictured—this photo does give you a real sense of appreciation for the scale of water infrastructure beneath our feet and the herculean effort and sacrifice made by the generations before us to make sure their kids (and all of us) could have a future with clean, safe drinking water...

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GSI Partners Offer Green Jobs Training Opportunity

Monday, July 27, 2015  |  Brian.R

Creating a green economy—jobs and services rooted in environmental sustainability—isn’t just a nice side effect resulting from Green City, Clean Waters. Green jobs and their economic benefits were a driving force in Philadelphia Water’s decision to develop a green infrastructure solution to our stormwater management challenges....

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Spoiler Alert: Our Drinking Water Quality Is Really, Really Good

Friday, July 24, 2015  |  Brian.R

Apologies to anyone looking forward to reading our annual Drinking Water Quality Report down the shore this summer, but we just have to get this out there: All the data we collected for the 2015 report confirms our rigorous treatment and testing are resulting in top-quality tap water that meets or beats all quality standards set by the federal government...

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Be Safe When Beating the Heat: Save Swimming for Pools!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  |  Brian.R

Thanks to ever-increasing efforts to improve water quality, our rivers and streams are cleaner than they've been in decades. So we don't blame you if you're tempted to take a plunge to beat the stifling heat gripping the city. But don't....

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Greening Smith: What We're Doing with Eagles' Connor Barwin

Thursday, July 16, 2015  |  Brian.R

Philadelphia Water selected West Passyunk’s Smith Playground for Green City, Clean Waters improvements way back in 2012. While we were busy doing community outreach and design for the popular 7.5-acre recreation area, located at 25th Street and Snyder Avenue, we also happened to develop a great relationship with Connor Barwin of the Philadelphia Eagles and his Make the World Better Foundation (MTW...

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PowerCorpsPHL Gets a POTUS Shout-out

Wednesday, July 15, 2015  |  Brian.R

We’re always talking about what a great relationship we have with PowerCorpsPHL, and we love to point out when the young Philadelphians who help maintain Green City, Clean Waters infrastructure enrich their lives and even turn the experience into jobs in the green industry....

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Improvements to Address Northern Liberties Flooding

Monday, July 13, 2015  |  Brian.R

This area contains the historic Cohocksink Creek and is the focus of a long-term infrastructure improvement project. Traditional sewer expansion and green stormwater tools will improve the capacity of the local system while reducing the amount of water entering sewers....

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