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Join the Schuylkill Scrub!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

Visit the Schuylkill River in the warmer months and you will find it teeming with life, both in the water and along its banks. It is hard to imagine that this scenic river, which provides drinking water to over 1.5 million people (that’s 12 out of every 100 Pennsylvanians!), was once considered the dirtiest river in the country. The Schuylkill has come a long way and today boasts one quarter of t...

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Learn About the Hidden Streams Beneath Our Feet on Monday, March 16

Tuesday, March 10, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

If you're intersted in learning about our watershed or rivers (or history for that matter!), we highly recommend attending a talk by our very own historian, Adam Levine, this coming Monday, March 16 at National Mechanics (22 S. 3rd Street) at 6PM. The talk, titled "From Creek to Sewer: History of Topographical Change in Philadelphia,” is part of the Tapping Our Watershed science cafe series and wi...

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PowerCorpsPHL + PWD = A Win-Win Team

Friday, March 6, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

Philadelphia Water is proud to be a service partner for PowerCorpsPHL. PowerCorpsPHL is an AmeriCorps program for Philadelphians ages 18 to 26 designed to address the City of Philadelphia’s environmental stewardship, workforce development and violence prevention priorities....

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Thanks to Our Cold Weather Heroes!

Friday, February 27, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

If you’ve been listening to the radio or watching TV news any morning over the last couple months, you’ve undoubtedly heard several reports about broken water mains all over the region. Though we’ve been able to dodge the snowfall that has made life very difficult in other cities, the extreme swings in temperature have done a number on our pipes....

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Get Funding for Projects to Protect the Schuylkill River Watershed

Tuesday, February 24, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

The Fund provides grants to government agencies and non-profit organizations for projects that improve the quality of water in the Schuylkill’s watershed. Since 2006, the Fund has collected more than $2 million and funded over 60 projects! Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund....

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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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