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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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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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Stormwater Regulations Update: Learn About Some Important Changes

Friday, June 19, 2015  |  Brian.R

In order to make sure new development contributes to Philadelphia’s vision for a modern stormwater system that protects our rivers and creeks, we have a set of standards—collectively called Stormwater Regulations—that let developers know how their property should handle the water that comes from rainstorms and other wet weather events....

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Fresh Tools for a Greener City: Retrofit Guide, New App

Wednesday, June 3, 2015  |  Brian.R

In response to rapidly growing interest from non-residential customers, Philadelphia Water is proud to present the Stormwater Retrofit Guidance Manual. The 186-page manual is designed for those customers poised to benefit the most from adding cost-saving green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) to their buildings and grounds. Bringing this customer base into Philadelphia’s green movement is a key par...

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Oh, May: Should We Worry After Dry Spring?

Monday, June 1, 2015  |  Brian.R

This May was an extremely dry one for Philadelphia, with the city recording just .59 inches of rain before a sizeable downpour last week. The rain that fell May 27 was by far the heaviest of the month, more than doubling the total....

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Hey, Mr. Vice President: Why Not Have Both?

Friday, May 22, 2015  |  Brian.R

The real beauty of our Green City, Clean Waters program and the green infrastructure it makes use of is that we get to add new green spaces to neighborhoods in the form of rain gardens, bumpouts, tree trenches and more, all while bulking up our water infrastructure and protecting our rivers. With Green City, Clean Waters, neighborhoods are expanding their green space, and Philadelphia is drastical...

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DC Reminds Us: The 'Why' Behind Green City, Clean Waters

Friday, May 22, 2015  |  Brian.R

We couldn't help but notice all the buzz down in Washington this week as they made the case for green to residents and unveiled revised stormwater plans relying heavily on green infrastructure. We congratulate DC Water on a big step in the right the right direction! Their debut also reminded us of our Green City, Clean Waters rollout way back in 2011, and got us thinking about the "why" behind gre...

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Commissioner Neukrug Touts Leadership at 'Value of Water' Forum

Friday, May 15, 2015  |  Brian.R

The tragic Amtrak crash that claimed eight lives and left hundreds injured in Port Richmond last week was an inescapable topic for panelists speaking at the May 14 Value of Water Coalition forum at WHYY's studios. Organized as a National Infrastructure Week event, What’s the Value of Water? The Pennsylvania Story featured five speakers, including Philadelphia Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug....

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Do You Know What's Happening at Venice Island?

Thursday, May 14, 2015  |  Brian.R

While we were working with Mural Arts to install artist Eurhi Jones’ Waterways, a 10-block string of colorful steppingstones in Manayunk, our public engagement team took the time to do an informal survey of people passing through the neighborhood....

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