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Put a Little Mussel Into It!

Friday, February 20, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

If you’ve never been to the Wagner Free Institute of Science at 1700 West Montgomery Avenue (not far from Temple University), then this coming Thursday, February 26, is a great chance to visit this “unusual natural science and history museum in its original Victorian setting.”...

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Philly's Secret? Good Water = Good Beer

Friday, February 6, 2015  |  Brian.R

Some years ago a baker who was setting up shop down south asked me to provide a summary of everything in Philadelphia’s water. He said that Philadelphia’s water makes really good bread, and he wanted to replicate our chemistry at his distant location. Philly does have good bread and soft pretzels....

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Yorktown Green Streets Project Coming Soon

Thursday, January 29, 2015  |  PublicRC

Yorktown, a small residential neighborhood in North Philadelphia just south of Temple University (and once home to Gospel and Rock and Roll legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe!) will soon have one mile of bike lanes, two bus shelters, wider pedestrian islands, new ADA ramps and over 25 specially designed stormwater planters that will manage rainfall from the surrounding street. These upgrades are part of...

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PWD Director of Laboratory Services to EPA: Update Drinking Water Standards!

Friday, January 23, 2015  |  PublicRC

One of those is Gary Burlingame, our Director of the Bureau of Laboratory Services. Gary oversees a staff of 120 people and an annual budget exceeding $10 million focused on drinking water, source water, wastewater, sediment, sludge, and more. He is a thought leader in the industry, widely published on the topic of the sensory aspects of drinking water—what you see, taste and smell in your water—h...

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London Councillor Takes Note of Green City, Clean Waters

Friday, January 16, 2015  |  PublicRC

In a letter to the editor of The Economist (third one from the top), Councillor Harry Phibbs of London's Hammersmith and Fulham Borough responds to their September article "London's Sewers, Smelling Sweet" about the Thames Tideway Tunnel. He makes a point about using green, natural stormwater infrastructure solutions by referencing Philadelphia’s “better, cheaper alternative of green infrastructur...

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2015 Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest seeking next great Philly Street Artist!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015  |  PublicRC

Philadelphia is a city filled with street art. In fact, Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program is the largest public art program in the country and their motto is “…art ignites change.” We agree and we’re looking for some aspiring young artists to create street art that will help us spread the word that pollution entering our storm drains can end up in our rivers....

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Cold Weather Tips from PWD

Wednesday, January 7, 2015  |  PublicRC

With temperatures dipping into the single digits this week, it’s a great time to share our cold weather tips for winterizing your water system. Early action can help you avoid costly repairs to your pipes and water meter. Here are our tips to keep out the cold:...

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PWD awards $8.25 million in stormwater management grants, seeks more applicants

Tuesday, January 6, 2015  |  PublicRC

Meet SMIP (the Stormwater Management Incentives Program) and GARP (Greened Acre Retrofit Program), PWD’s two innovative programs that reward local businesses, institutions and other non-residential water customers financially for retrofitting their properties to divert stormwater out of our combined storm and waste water system....

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