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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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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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Philadelphia Water's Early Warning System Getting Praise from High Places

Thursday, April 23, 2015  |  PublicRC

Our Source Water Protection Program at Philadelphia Water does all kinds of important work to ensure the water we drink is safe and protected, from far-off springs in the Catskill and Pocono mountains all the way down to the intakes at our drinking water treatment plants. However, one of the most critical jobs is overseeing the Delaware Valley Early Warning System–a complex network that stretches...

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Good Conversations, Good Community, Good Water: Big SandBox Lands Knight Grant

Monday, April 20, 2015  |  PublicRC

Our green infrastructure projects are nothing without coordinated partnerships and a healthy dose of organic community input to help them take shape and grow. Now, thanks to a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Knight Cities Challenge grant*, The Big SandBox, one of our green school program partners, will have the means ($149,000 of it!) to make that happen at four Philadelphia schools. The Bi...

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RainCheck Goes Citywide

Wednesday, April 1, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

A residential yard depaved through the RainCheck program. Good news! We made some exciting changes to our Rain Check program. Working together with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and Sustainable Business Network (SBN) we've expanded our reach, streamlined our process and increased our team of qualified contractors....

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We Won! Green City, Clean Waters Wins the National APA Planning Excellence Award

Tuesday, March 31, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

Back in October we announced that Green City, Clean Waters was awarded the American Planning Association (APA) Pennsylvania Chapter's Planning Excellence Award in Implementation. We are now thrilled to announce that we won the APA 2015 National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation! This award recognizes a project that demonstrates positive changes as a result of planning efforts. The award...

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The Value of Water

Monday, March 30, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

Philadelphia Water Department is proud to be a founding member of The Value of Water Coalition, an alliance of public and private water agencies, business and community leaders, and national organizations united in communicating the importance of water to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of America....

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