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The following projects involve long-term construction and may create traffic disruptions and other impacts to communities. Not all PWD projects are represented. To report an incident or problem that needs immediate attention, please call 215-685-6300.

52nd and Westminster Main Break

On June 14, at approximately 4:30 a.m. the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) experienced failure on a 36” transmission main on 52nd Street near Westminster Avenue. The event flooded the street and caused widespread low water pressure in the surrounding area. The Water Department responded and was able to isolate the failed section of transmission main by 8:00 a.m.

Water Department Customer Service reps are visiting customers to assess damage and assist with the claims process. If you experienced property damage and have not been visited by a representative, please call 215-685-9651.

  • 500 block of N 52nd will remain closed until further notice
  • The extent of damage is still being determined
  • The cause of the break is still being determined
A community meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 19, at Embracing Truth Ministries, 544 N. 52nd Street. This meeting was organized my Councilwoman Blackwell and representatives from Philadelphia Water, PGW and PECO will be in attendance.

10th and Tasker

During investigation and repair of infrastructure on 10th street in March and April 2015, it was determined that the water main and sewer from 10th and Tasker to 10th and Moore should be replaced. Please read our fact sheet for the breakdown of events that led to this conclusion.

It is anticipated that 10th Street will remain closed for several months. We will update this time line as more information becomes available.

Currently, we are:
  • fixing valves along 10th street to minimize service disruption during main repair
  • excavating for installation of the new water and sewer mains. This work is being done by our contractor, Nello Construction

Baker's Centre

On June 18 at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) experienced failure on a 48” transmission main in the parking lot of Baker's Centre near Fox Street and Roberts Avenue. The Water Department responded and was able to isolate the failed section of transmission main by 5:00 p.m. We are assessing the damage and determining a repair approach. Updates forthcoming.

View footage from the event and cleanup. 

East Park Reservoir

PWD will be embarking on a multi-year project at this site which will include the construction of new water tanks, general facility upgrades and additional site improvements.The East Park Reservoir is an important drinking water storage facility for the City of Philadelphia. The facility provides water storage for approximately 50 percent of the Philadelphia Water Department’s customers and provides reliable water service during emergency conditions.
Key Project Facts
  • 60 million gallons of drinking water storage
  • Continued reliable water service to customers
  • Relocated access road for improved traffic safety
  • Partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
  • Partnership with Audubon Society and Outward Bound Philadelphia
  • Project Schedule: Construction- Anticipated 2014-2016
View a presentation that was delivered to area residents on January 29th and February 4th, 2014.

Spring Lane and Hendren Street: Proposed Project

The Philadelphia Water Department is exploring ways to relieve neighborhood flooding and sanitary sewer issues in this area of Philadelphia that is served by a private sewer.


Understanding the nature of specific problems in neighborhoods is an important first step for the City to develop solutions. Please take the time to fill out this survey to help us better understand your flooding problem.

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