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Infrastructure

News and info about the pipes, plants and people that keep our city running + protect our rivers & creeks.

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Throwback Thursday: Our Infrastructure Foundations

Thursday, August 13, 2015  |  Brian.R

In this week's throwback post, we see some large mains under construction August 4th, 1904— almost exactly 111 years ago. As the three large, cast iron mains are laid in a Northeast neighborhood, some residents have gathered to watch the construction activity....

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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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Philadelphia Water Makes ASCE's 'Game Changer' List

Friday, July 31, 2015  |  Brian.R

The American Society of Civil Engineers rolled out a cool new campaign last week to highlight infrastructure projects around the country that they see as “game changers”—investments that have the potential to change the way we live for the better....

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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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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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Starting Today: New Stormwater Regulations Bring Healthier Rivers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015  |  Brian.R

These updates represent the most substantial changes to the regulations in nearly a decade. They ensure new development works alongside Philadelphia Water’s Green City, Clean Waters plan by requiring new sites to handle more water, slow stormwater more effectively, and release cleaner water into our sewers....

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