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Highlights from archives documenting two centuries of water treatment & delivery in Philadelphia.

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Come Out and Hear the Cobbs Creek Story!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015  |  Brian.R

We know that people who are aware of their local watershed and the challenges it faces—along with why that water is important—make for better stewards. They care about issues like keeping pet waste and litter out of the streets that ultimately drain into the watershed. And they know what an important role programs like Green City, Clean Waters play in protecting their watershed...

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Throwback Thursday: Hydrants Are for Fires, Not for Fun...

Thursday, August 27, 2015  |  PaulF

...if you want to play smart, don't let them run! That's the message in this (now hilarious) public service announcement from 1986 featuring a punchy little beat, original rap lyrics, and some, uh, funky dancing and clothes/hair styles to match. Take 30 seconds and treat yourself to this gem from 1980s Philly:...

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Q&A Shines Light on Philly's Green Infrastructure Story

Thursday, August 20, 2015  |  Brian.R

Our very own fearless leader, Philadelphia Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug, sat down with the chief editor of Water Online, Kevin Westerling, for an extensive Q&A that shines light our internationally recognized green solution to Philadelphia's stormwater challenges - Green City, Clean Waters....

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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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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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Happening Today: A Brand New Chapter for Philadelphia Water

Monday, May 4, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

Way back in the summer of 1987, the Philadelphia Water Department selected its first logo through a design contest for art and design schools in Philadelphia. The winning submission came from Eric E. Doyle, and was designed to convey a department eager to serve the needs of its customers. That sentiment hasn’t changed....

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