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So Many Ways to Keep Cool in Philadelphia: Opening Hydrants? Not One of Them

Thursday, July 13, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

In Philadelphia, we're lucky to have more pools and spray grounds per resident than any other city in the U.S. Because we have all those great, free places to cool off, there's no reason to open fire hydrants when the weather gets hot or risk swimming in our unpredictable rivers, where drowning is always a risk. Opening hydrants can cause a number of dangerous situations......

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Thursday: Point Breeze Residents to Build New Features for Lot Project

Tuesday, June 27, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Following a successful June 10 community cleanup with Point Breeze neighbors that targeted a vacant lot at Point Breeze Avenue and Mifflin Street, we're heading back to the space this Thursday for a special event with Philly's Public Workshop. Residents are invited to join this collaborative “community build”......

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Latest Philadelphia Water Quality Data Out Now

Monday, June 26, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Philadelphia residents have 24/7 access to top-quality water, a fact that they check themselves thanks to annual reports the Philadelphia Water Department releases detailing a year's worth of data. This transparency is a defining quality for public water providers like PWD, and we take pride in the tremendous effort that goes into the constant monitoring done at our labs......

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With help from Residents, Point Breeze Vacant Lot Is Becoming a River-Protecting Green Space

Thursday, June 22, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Members of the Philadelphia Water Department's Public Engagement team joined the local non-profit Diversified Community Services and area block captains on June 10 to clean the publicly-owned lot at Point Breeze Avenue and Mifflin Street—the future home of a rain garden that will soak up stormwater and bring regular maintenance to the site through Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters program....

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Submersible Science: Philly Students Launch Underwater Drone with PWD

Thursday, June 15, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

While most Philadelphia students were heading home early due a heat wave this past Tuesday, four 11th grade students from Mariana Bracetti Academy were busy suiting up in full-body chest waders, a necessary piece of gear for the mission at hand: launching a submersible, camera-equipped drone in Frankford Creek....

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Start a Conversation About Protecting Water: Add Wildlife Markers to Your Block

Thursday, June 1, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Adding our storm drain markers—each with a unique type of aquatic wildlife depending on your watershed—to your block can start a conversation with neighbors about how communities can protect local waterways. Many people don't realize that what goes down storm drains can harm local animals like otters, turtles, herons, endangered fish and more......

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Can You Decode Street Paint?

Thursday, May 18, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Beneath your feet, there's an invisible universe of infrastructure. This world is hidden from view, but painted lines on the surface reveal exactly what's there—if you know what to look for......

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Philadelphia Water Department Customers Can Win $100, Improve Services with New Survey

Wednesday, May 17, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

As part of ongoing efforts to improve our work and better understand the needs of customers, the Philadelphia Water Department is conducting a comprehensive survey intended collect feedback on a wide range of services. The 2017 Customer Feedback Survey, made possible through a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, measures public opinion......

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