@Philly H2O Blog


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

Restorative Ecological Project brings life back to Manayunk Canal: Construction will temporarily close a small section of the Schuylkill River Trail over the next few months.

August 25, 2023  |  Amy Hopf

The Flat Rock Dam Betterment project, a multi-year ecological project that will restore an eastern portion of the dam, will cause a 3-4 month closure on the Schuylkill River Trail between Leverington Ave. in Manayunk and Shawmont Station this fall. Starting on Monday, September 11, 2023, the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) alongside the Flat Rock […]

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2022-2023 Stormwater Grant Awardees: A variety of locally based properties will receive funding for new green retrofits.

August 9, 2023  |  Grace Maiorano

From a historic chocolate factory to an affordable housing complex, sites across the city are slated to receive new green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). Created to manage stormwater while reducing bill costs, these green systems will soon be installed on 14 more properties thanks to our Stormwater Grants Program. Distributed through two rounds of grants each […]

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Spotlight on Award-Winning West Philly Green Stormwater Project: The 53rd and Baltimore Green and "Complete" Streets project helps reduce sewer overflows while making the area safer.

August 4, 2023  |  Grace Maiorano

A core component of Green City, Clean Waters includes creating benefits beyond meeting mandated clean water regulations, as exemplified by a recent project at 53rd and Baltimore, which won the Sustainable Business Network’s 2023 Excellence in Public Project GSI Award this past spring.

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Learn About Local PWD Work with Construction Project Pages: This handy tool lets residents check the status of construction projects in their neighborhood

July 31, 2023  |  Amy Hopf
A laptop screen viewed at a bit of an angle shows a full screen browser open to a PWD "project page" on water.phila.gov, scrolled down to near the bottom of the page where we list the names, positions, emails, and phone numbers as available for people you can contact directly for issues or questions about a project. The image is annotated with a red rectangle around this section labeled "Contact Information" (this note does not appear on the actual website)

Have you ever noticed Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) construction in your neighborhood and wanted to know more about the project? We have a handy new(ish) tool that gives each project a home on our website: PWD Project Pages These pages let residents find projects in their communities, learn what will be accomplished by the work, and […]

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UPDATED: Boil Water Advisory in Parts of West Phila.: Boil water advisory for parts of upper West Philadelphia has ended.

June 12, 2023  |  Lauren Sell

Español ↓ Français ↓ Kreyòl Ayisyen ↓ 中文 ↓ June 13 Update: Boil Water Advisory Lifted for All Parts of West Phila. Learn more → The Philadelphia Water Department is issuing a boil water advisory for parts of upper West Philadelphia effective immediately. This includes customers who lost water or had low pressure in any […]

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Stream Restoration, Green Infrastructure, and More Revamps Planned for Tacony Creek

June 5, 2023  |  Grace Maiorano

Tacony Creek Park can expect to see improvements benefitting its waterways, wildlife, and surrounding community. Tacony Creek GSI & Stream Restoration Tacony Creek Park Design is well underway for the Tacony Creek Stream GSI and Stream Restoration project. The project combines our watershed improvement and ecological restoration efforts with Green City, Clean Waters, an ongoing […]

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Commissioner Hayman Testifies before US Senate on Infrastructure Funding: "I know that the nation was long overdue for a landmark investment in water infrastructure."

March 16, 2023  |  Public Affairs

As the leader of one of the largest public water utilities in the country and a member of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies Board of Directors, Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Randy E. Hayman, Esq. testified before the United State Senate’s Environment & Public Works Committee about implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law on March 15th. Watch […]

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2023 PWD Customer Survey Now Open!: Take it for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

February 8, 2023  |  Grace Maiorano
We would love to hear from you!

At the Water Department, we use your voice to inform our improvements. Everything we do is funded by water bills— so we want to make sure we’re providing Philadelphians with the best possible services. For the eighth consecutive year, we’re distributing our annual comprehensive customer survey – a project made possible with support from ImpactedEd […]

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