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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.

E. Boston Street

On Sunday, January 8th, 2017, Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) responded to a report of water in the cellar of a home on E. Boston St., and upon arrival, our crews witnessed the street collapse and immediately acted to shut down the broken water main under the road way. We also engaged our partner agencies at PGW and PECO to secure their infrastructure to minimize any risk for further issues as the gas main was compromised as well as the PECO utility pole.

Our schedule to complete this job is as follows:
  • Excavate the street to remove all sections of undermined roadway to perform an assessment on the sewer and then make any necessary repairs. The Water Department’s emergency contractor will be performing this work and we expect it to take several days to complete.
  • PWD will inspect and repair the sewer. 
  • PGW will restore the gas main and services.
  • PWD will complete the work on the water mains, replacing approximately 80 feet of main to restore water to all customers. 
Read the full letter to customers delivered on January 11, 2017

East Park Reservoir

Philadelphia Water Department (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
Outreach to Affected Customers:
Minority, Woman and Disabled Owned Business Participation:
It is important to us that contracts place a focus on increasing opportunities for minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses enterprises (M/W/DSBEs).See the links below for information related to M/W/DSBE participation on this project.

Frankford Avenue

Philadelphia Water, through private contractor, Seravalli Inc., is performing water main replacement along several blocks of Frankford Avenue in the Fishtown section of the city. The project is expected to be completed in early 2017. The following blocks listed below are the blocks on which work will take place:
  • Frankford Ave from Venango to Hunting Park Ave.
  • Wheatsheaf Lane from Arcadia Street to Frankford Ave.
  • E. Pacific St. from Frankford Ave to Emerald St. 
When a water main is replaced:
  • Contractor is also required to replace the existing water service line between the new water main and your curb box. 
  • During normal working hours (7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) it may be necessary to close the street. 
  • Trash should be placed at the curb as regularly scheduled. 
  • The Water Department has assigned an engineer and inspector to the project who will be on-site every day. You will be able to speak to the inspector for all concerns during the project. 
  • Our engineer and inspector will ensure that the work proceeds in a safe and workmanlike manner. 
  • Should you experience any problems as a result of the work, please talk with the inspector on the job site who will be wearing clothing identifying him/her as a Water Department employee. 
  • The inspector will notify you one day in advance of any scheduled water shut-offs, of which several will be required over the course of the project. 
  • Water shut-offs typically take place in the morning hours starting at 9:00 a.m. and may last two to eight hours, depending on the complexity of the work. 
If you are unable to contact the inspector at the job site, or have any other questions, please contact Mike Schramm, Division Engineer, (215) 685-6350 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. , Monday thru Friday. Should an emergency occur, please call the Water Department hotline at (215) 685-6300. Questions can be sent to

Hermitage/Smick/Wright Streets

Philadelphia Water, through private contractor, Petrongolo Contractors, Inc, have been performing water main and sewer work on several streets in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. The project is expected to be completed in September 2016 [Date updated from Summer 2016]. Read a letter distributed to residents on June 18, 2015. 

Current Project Status:
June 10, 2016

Wright Street (Umbria Street to Smick Street):
• Storm and Sanitary Sewers: Installed
• Water Main: Installed
• Sidewalks and Curbing: Completed
• ADA Ramps: Completed
• Street Restoration: Cobblestone Complete

Hermitage Street (Umbria Street to Smick Street):
• Storm and Sanitary Sewers: Installed. 
• Water Main: Installed
• Sidewalks and Curbing: Pending. Northern curb may stay in place because granite curb may be in good condition
• ADA Ramps: Pending
• Street Restoration: Commence with the Dobson School closing for Summer on June 24th. School trash pick-up dependent on access to Hermitage.

Hermitage Street (Smick Street to Sheldon Street)
• Storm and Sanitary Sewers: Not Installed. Work will begin upon completion of water main installation. Anticipated start date: Week of June 20th. 
• Water Main: Nearly Installed. Anticipated completion: Week of June 20th. 
• Sidewalks and Curbing: Pending
• ADA Ramps: Approved. Not pending until restoration begins.
• Street Restoration: Pending

Hermitage Street (Silverwood Street to Sheldon Street)
• Sanitary and Storm Sewer: Installed and Approved
• Water Main: Installed and Approved
• ADA Ramps: Installed
• Footway: Installed
• Street Base: Installed
• Asphalt Transition at Silverwood: Installed
• Asphalt Transition at Cross Street: Installed.
• Street Restoration: Completed.
• Cobblestone restoration: Completed. 

Smick Street (Fountain Street to Hermitage Street)
• Storm and Sanitary Sewers: Installed & Inspected (via video camera)
• Water Main: Installed
• Sidewalks and Curbing: Installed from the manhole to Hermitage.
• Cobblestone Restoration: Completed
• ADA Ramps: Installed
• Asphalt Transition at Fountain Street: Completed

Umbria Street
• Sewer and Water Main connection in Wright: Completed and Paved
• Sewer and Water Main connection in Hermitage: Partially Completed. Covered with asphalt binder layer and cold patch asphalt for touchups.
• Street Restoration: Pending

Street Restoration: Cobblestones and Grout
• Grout is a cement/sand mix that needs to be wetted after it is set. Some erosion due to weather and school traffic is expected. PWD will do a walk through with Contractor and Streets Department before the end of the project to ensure any needed repairs or modifications are made. 

Philadelphia Water staff attended a meeting with residents on January 11 to address concerns related to this project. Please see documents below for information related to this meeting. 
Meeting Agenda
Issues Raised at Meeting
Phasing Map
Progress Report
Email Regarding Curb Height

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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