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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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Infrastructure Week 2018: Why Your Meter Matters

Monday, May 21, 2018

Do you know where your home water meter is and how it works? It might be tucked away in the basement, but it plays an import role in our water system. Knowing how to get the most out your meter can help you avoid a large, unexpected bill caused by a running toilet or other hard-to-notice leaks....

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What's with the Requested Rate Change?: 9 Ways to Learn More, Get Involved

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Customers, City Council, Mayor Kenney, and the Water Rate Board were recently informed that we need to raise rates. Increased rates will ensure we have the resources we need to better maintain one of the oldest water systems in the country. As a part of the process—and to promote transparency—we are holding seven Public Input Hearings across the city....

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Coming up: Join Us to Discuss Ideas for Growing Private Green Infrastructure

Friday, December 29, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

We recently issued an official "Request for Information," or RFI, supporting the City's efforts to grow the footprint of green stormwater infrastructure on private and non-City property. To help answer any questions and provide more details about why we issued this RFI, we're hosting an information session on January 10, 2018....

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New 'Quiz,' Website to Jumpstart Your Discounted 2018 Green Home Upgrade

Monday, December 11, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Rain Check—our program best known for providing City residents with free rain barrels—is entering its sixth year with a new website designed to encourage more home landscaping projects that protect local waterways. By visiting the new Rain Check site, residents can now get a jumpstart on sustainable projects in the new year by discovering the best green upgrade for their property......

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Schuylkill River Trail Water Stations Closed for Winter

Wednesday, November 29, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Following the 2017 Philadelphia Marathon, Philadelphia Water Department crews shut down and winterized all four Schuylkill River Trail water stations located between the Falls Bridge and Fairmount Water Works. The much-used features—offering fountains, bottle filling stations and ground-level bowls for dog walkers—are taken offline each winter to guard against freezing temperatures......

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Winter is coming: Watch this cold-weather tips vid and avoid frozen pipes

Thursday, October 19, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

The arrival of chilly nights means it's time to make sure your pipes are protected from cold winter temps that can cause frozen or burst pipes in your home or on your property. While most plumbing is deep enough underground or insulated well enough within your home to avoid freezing, water meters and water service lines can freeze when the temperature drops below 32 degrees in some cases......

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So Many Ways to Keep Cool in Philadelphia: Opening Hydrants? Not One of Them

Thursday, July 13, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

In Philadelphia, we're lucky to have more pools and spray grounds per resident than any other city in the U.S. Because we have all those great, free places to cool off, there's no reason to open fire hydrants when the weather gets hot or risk swimming in our unpredictable rivers, where drowning is always a risk. Opening hydrants can cause a number of dangerous situations......

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Latest Philadelphia Water Quality Data Out Now

Monday, June 26, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Philadelphia residents have 24/7 access to top-quality water, a fact that they check themselves thanks to annual reports the Philadelphia Water Department releases detailing a year's worth of data. This transparency is a defining quality for public water providers like PWD, and we take pride in the tremendous effort that goes into the constant monitoring done at our labs......

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