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Rate Request to be Lowered Through Proposed Settlement
May 04, 2021
In January 2021, PWD filed its rate request with the Water Rate Board for $141 million, in additional revenues for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023. As a result of their negotiation, the Public Advocate and PWD reached a proposed settlement in April 2021.

If approved by the Rate Board, this change will not eliminate the need for a rate increase. It will, however, help reduce the scale of the needed increases at this time. This means the anticipated rate increases for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023 will be lower than originally proposed. See our Rates page for more information about the settlement proposal.
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Green City, Clean Waters Marks 10 Years
Apr 14, 2021
A decade in, how is Philly is benefitting from investments making local waterways cleaner and neighborhoods greener? Green City, Clean Waters at 10
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Rate Change Hearings in March
Mar 17, 2021
Facing financial impacts from the pandemic and costs that were rising even before the crisis, we filed a formal request for a rate change last month. 

If approved, water bills for residential customers would increase by 11.6% in September 2021 and 5.3% the following September. For a typical resident using 3,740 gallons a month, the bill would be $78.45 after the full increase.

The Philadelphia Water Department is a public, not-for-profit utility. All of our revenue is collected through water bills. Your bill supports infrastructure improvements and the delivery of essential services.

Without new rates, we will not have the revenue needed to meet legal and operating requirements.

Aging infrastructure, including a 6,800-mile network of water mains and sewers, needs immediate investment to ensure the integrity of essential water and wastewater systems.

Coming Up: Public Input Hearings

Four virtual public input hearings are set as part of a transparent rate-setting process: 
  • Tuesday, March 16: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 18: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Zoom links, instructions for joining the hearings, and information for submitting written comments can be found on the Rate Board site.
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Shutoff Freeze: Residents Protected Until April 2022
Mar 08, 2021
The Philadelphia Water Department is again extending a freeze on shutoffs for residential customers, protecting those account holders from losing water services until April 2022.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 70,000 customers have benefitted from shutoff protection. Another 15,000 previously shut off customers had water restored at the start of the pandemic.

What to Know:

  • No shutoffs for residential customers until April 2022.
  • For customers enrolled in the Tiered Assistance Program or Senior Citizen Discount program, there will be no penalties or enforcement measures until April 1, 2022.
  • For customers not in these assistance programs, penalties for overdue water bills start on May 1, 2021.
  • Enforcement measures, including referrals to collection agencies, will go into effect August 2, 2021.
  • Some non-residential accounts could face shutoff enforcement starting summer 2021, and efforts to make payment arrangements with those customers are underway.
Any customer struggling to pay should explore customer assistance options.

Philadelphia created one of the nation’s first income- and hardship-based affordability programs, and ways to get help have been expanded in response to the pandemic: Many Ways to Get Water Bill Help in Philadelphia
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Extreme cold: Prepare for water emergencies, frozen pipes
Feb 08, 2021
Whenever below-freezing temperatures are forecasted for more than 48 hours in a row, customers should protect their pipes from freezing and be prepared for potential water main breaks:
If you see water in the street or believe there is a main break, call (215) 685 6300 right away. Follow @PhillyH2O on Twitter for more.
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Grants from State Help Philly Fund Big Pollution Control Projects
Jan 26, 2021
The Philadelphia Water Department is moving forward on a big-ticket, sustainable infrastructure project unlike any seen since federal funding helped the city expand wastewater treatment and meet new Clean Water Act standards in the 1980s.

Construction of the new $100 million preliminary treatment building was green-lighted thanks to a low-interest loan awarded by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority’s PENNVEST program. Read more about how this facility and an another green project in Lawncrest will keep billions of gallons of pollution out of our waterways each year: Philly Awarded $107M in Clean Water Infrastructure
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Protecting Customers During COVID Lockdown
Oct 09, 2020
Due to ongoing economic hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic:
  • We will not shut off customers unable to pay water bills until April 1st, 2021
  • Penalties and fees on delinquent accounts are waived until further notice.
However, your past-due total will continue to grow with each missed payment. Don't wait until you have a big debt and shutoffs resume this spring. Call (215) 685-6300 or go to our assistance page page right away to learn about:
  • Discounted rates through assistance programs, now available to more people than ever
  • New and expanded payment agreement options with lower down payments and extended repayment periods of up to five years
  • Debt forgiveness for those who qualify
See options for help paying water bills here.
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See Our Statement on the Dangers of Swimming in Philadelphia
Jul 29, 2020
Because of the health and safety concerns that come with swimming and any recreation that involves immersion in water, the Philadelphia Water Department does not recommend swimming in any river or creek in Philadelphia.

In response to efforts to change the current recreation status of the Delaware River to allow for swimming within the city, we issued a statement outlining our reasons for maintaining the existing recreation uses and answered common questions surrounding this topic.

Please see our statement and more information about safety issues related to recreation in Philadelphia's segment of the Delaware River: 

Recreation in Philadelphia's Waterways: What to Know
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COVID-19 Impacts on PWD Capital Program
Jul 22, 2020
Due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philadelphia Water Department is postponing many capital projects for the foreseeable future.

Read the full statement
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COVID-19 Update: Drinking Water Is Safe, Won't Be Shut off
Mar 13, 2020
The Philadelphia Water Department is taking all necessary measures to ensure continued delivery of safe drinking water and wastewater treatment services as City officials respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

We have suspended water shutoffs and are waiving fees. To avoid loss of water due to main replacement, we have also suspended new construction. 

Please see the full statement regarding our efforts to ensure continued delivery of services and info about canceled events and deadlines here.

Signup for PWD SMS/text or Email Alerts
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$100 Raffle: Take 2020 Phila. Water Dept. Survey
Feb 12, 2020
The Philadelphia Water Dept. 2020 Survey is now open. Any city resident 18+ is encouraged to take the quick survey and enter the $100 gift card raffle. The survey is an important tool that helps the City track satisfaction with the water provided and other services.  Take our survey for the chance to win a $100 gift card. Tome nuestra encuesta para tener la oportunidad de ganar una tarjeta de regalo de $1002020-survey-gov
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Read the PWD Position Statement on the Environmental Working Group’s PFAS Report
Jan 22, 2020
The subject of national attention due to concerns about potential health impacts, PFAS is a family of substances that have been widely used for decades in industry and consumer goods. We take protecting the water we provide to residents of Philadelphia, including our own families and neighbors, seriously. Please see our information on managing these substances and our response to the Environmental Working Group's January 2020 report here: Read the PWD's statement
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Drinking Water Master Plan Released
May 14, 2019
The Philadelphia Water Department recently completed Drinking Water Master Plan. For the first time, residents can see a 25-year, $2.5 billion strategic vision for upgrading and expanding Philadelphia’s core infrastructure and protecting the top-quality water we depend on well into the next century. Read the Plan. 
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The latest Philadelphia Water Department Drinking Water Quality Report is now available online here.
Apr 30, 2019
Based on data collected by the department’s Bureau of Laboratory Services throughout 2018, the annual report details test results showing Philadelphia’s drinking water meets or is better than all state and federal water quality standards.

In addition to viewing or downloading the report over the web, residents can request a free copy in the mail by contacting us at waterquality@phila.gov or (215) 685-6300.

View the 2018 Drinking Water Quality Report
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Tell us what you think about Phila. water + have a shot a $100
Feb 01, 2019
For the fourth year, the Philadelphia Water Department is conducting a comprehensive customer satisfaction survey to collect feedback on a range of services.

Residents and customers who take the five-minute survey at www.pwdsurvey.com will automatically take part in a raffle for $100 gift cards. The survey can also be accessed by texting @water to 39242.

“As a department, we work tirelessly to protect our waterways, manage stormwater and ensure that our customers have around-the-clock access to top-quality water,” says Commissioner Debra McCarty. “We know that delivering these essential services is incredibly important to the health of our city, and the goal of this survey is to check in with our customers to better understand how the work we do is being perceived and what we can do to improve.”

The 2019 Customer Feedback Survey, made possible through a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, measures public opinion and allows the department to gauge what people in Philadelphia think about PWD and the services it provides.
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Inspection of water main break location for S. Juniper and Sansom
Aug 16, 2018
All parties, their representatives, and experts interested in examining the break location should contact Brendan Reilly to schedule. The site is available for inspection on the following dates: August 17th, 18th and 20th. Brendan's contact information is:
Brendan F. Reilly
Water Conveyance Chief
Philadelphia Water Department

To view project updates visit our notifications page
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Crews Respond to Large Center City Main Break
Jul 03, 2018
At approximately 4 a.m., the Philadelphia Water Department was alerted to a water main break at Sansom and Juniper streets. The break occurred on a 48-inch transmission main, which supplies water to a large section of South Philadelphia and Center City.

A PWD info tent will be located at 13th and Sansom streets on Thursday, July 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PWD claims representatives and Public Affairs staff will be available

Read our blog for more updates.

Next Steps:
  • Cleanup to restore impacted streets and get businesses back into business
  • Cave-in location made safe
  • Assess impact to other utilities and sewer
  • Repair damaged infrastructure 
  • Restore street
  • Too early to provide a time estimate for this work
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New Report on Philadelphia Drinking Water Quality Released
Jun 07, 2018

The latest Philadelphia Water Department Drinking Water Quality Report is now available online here

Based on data collected by the department’s Bureau of Laboratory Services throughout 2017, the annual report details test results showing Philadelphia’s drinking water meets or is better than all state and federal water quality standards.

In addition to viewing or downloading the 23-page report over the web, residents can request a free copy in the mail by contacting us at waterquality@phila.gov or (215) 685-6300.

View the Drinking Water Quality Report

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Rate Change Public Hearings Set Through May 2
Apr 23, 2018

Customers, elected officials, and the Water Rate Board were recently informed that we need to raise the rates charged for our services. Increased rates will ensure we have the resources needed to better maintain one of the oldest water systems in the country.

As part of a rate-setting process that puts a priority on transparency, we are holding official Public Input Hearings across the city.

These hearings are held with the Water Rate Board, an independent five-member board created by voters to oversee rate changes. For new rates to be set, the department must show the board that the increase is justified.

Any testimony made by residents at hearings will become part of the public record.

Learn more about the rate increase and why we're requesting it here, and check out the full schedule of upcoming hearings here.


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Rate Change Needed to Replace and Maintain Critical, Aging Infrastructure
Mar 14, 2018
The Philadelphia Water Department today filed a notice of proposed changes in rates. Updated rates are being requested so that we have the resources needed to better maintain more than 6,000 miles of water mains and sewers within one of the oldest water systems in the country.

This past winter season was especially challenging, with 625 water main breaks in just over three months.

The rate changes must be approved by the independent Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rate Board. This involves providing documentation showing the rates are fair and justified.

In the coming months, we will testify before the board at technical and public hearings. Customers are encouraged to participate by attending the public hearings and providing input.    

Hearing dates and locations are listed here.  

Read the full announcement here to see how your bill could be impacted.

Customers are also encouraged to view a detailed information package explaining how rates are used and why the increase is needed.

If you are concerned about paying for water, learn more about new programs that can help many customers get lower bills that stay the same each month by visiting our customer assistance page or calling (215) 685-6300. 
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PWD submits comments on DRBC Natural Gas Regulations
Mar 05, 2018
The Philadelphia Water Department provided comments to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) on amendments to its Administrative Manual, Special Regulations Part 440 and supporting guidance regarding high volume hydraulic fracturing activities in the Delaware River Basin. Read the Comments.
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Read our new 2018 Guide for Customers
Feb 21, 2018
Use our new Guide for Customers to get the most out of PWD services—from knowing what the pipes in your home are made of to keeping your water flowing with timely payments. You’ll also find information about a variety of PWD customer assistance programs, our green infrastructure investments, and more. Read the guide.
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High Rate of Cold Weather Customer Service Requests
Jan 17, 2018
The Water Department understands we have significant wait times on our phone lines due to increase in service requests from cold weather. We encourage customers to reach us on Twitter and Facebook through direct messages. We will temporarily monitor these from 9 am – midnight, 7 days a week to intake all customer service requests. Read more information in our press release.

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Cold Weather Tips: Avoid Frozen Pipes + Costly Repairs with Cheap Fixes
Nov 22, 2017
Winter weather can create problems for your home plumbing, including frozen and burst pipes.

Cold air blowing through drafty windows or exposed pipes in unheated areas can also damage your meter.

Most fixes can be done by spending a few dollars at the hardware store, and you can even guard against extreme temps by letting your basement faucet drip overnight, so don't delay - act now and avoid costly repairs!

Check out our cold weather tips video here, and scan our quick tips sheet here.
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Get a jump on spring with green projects + enter fall-winter raffles
Nov 17, 2017
Did you know Philadelphia residents can save money on outdoor landscaping and other green projects by signing up for our Rain Check program?

Hundreds of homes across the city have used Rain Check to build rain gardens, depave concrete patios, replace asphalt driveways with beautiful, rain-absorbing hardscape projects, and more. Thousands have also received a free rain barrel or deeply discounted downspout garden planter featuring native plants.

Right now is also the best time to get started.

By taking one of our free workshops with the Pa. Horticultural Society during the fall and winter, you can get a jump on plans for spring greening projects and be at the front of the line when the weather warms.

We’re also offering two new incentives to encourage Rain Check participation this winter.

Head to the Rain Check page to learn more or register for a workshop now.
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New Help Available for Customers Struggling with Water Bills
Jun 20, 2017
The City of Philadelphia is now offering a new affordability program that reduces the cost of monthly water bills for low-income Philadelphia Water Department customers and those with special hardships.
The Tiered Assistance Program, or TAP, provides customers with significant savings by offering a set monthly bill based on their income. Applications are now available.
TAP offers many new benefits:

• Customers do not have to be behind on their bill
• Expanded eligibility—approximately 60,000 customers are now eligible
• More ways to apply: Online, in-person and by mail
• Income-based, consistent monthly bill
• Past due amounts are suspended and not enforced while customer are enrolled in the program
• Only a single application is required to be considered for several assistance programs and discounts

Struggling with your bill? Learn more or start your application.
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4th District Water Town Hall with PWD and Councilman Jones
May 02, 2017

A Water Town Hall will be held for residents of City Council’s Fourth District on Thursday, May 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sharon Baptist Church, located at 3955 Conshohocken Ave.

This public forum is the second in a series of Water Town Halls for Philadelphia City Council Districts and will feature Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Debra McCarty.

The Philadelphia Water Department wants to hear from residents about their interests, issues and concerns. This Water Town Hall is an opportunity for customers to speak directly with Water Department and Philadelphia Water Revenue Bureau staff about issues such as:

Residents can also find out about the services the Water Department provides and how they can volunteer for cleanups, become stewards of their environment, and more!

Look out for future Water Town Hall dates here and on Facebook and Twitter.

Anyone who requires special arrangements for persons with disabilities may call the Philadelphia Water Department at 215-685-6300.

Invite friends to this Town Hall on Facebook now.

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Flood Risk Management Task Force: Manayunk Public Meeting
Apr 28, 2017

Members of the Manayunk community and Philadelphia residents are invited to join City officials for a special meeting highlighting ongoing efforts to protect neighborhoods from the impacts of flooding and storms:

Thursday, May 11 at 6 PM - 8 PM
Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center
7 Lock St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19127

The talk is being hosted by the City of Philadelphia’s Flood Risk Management Task Force, a group featuring the Philadelphia Water Department and a wide range of City agencies and departments involved in flooding-related issues.

This public meeting will address questions such as:

• Why and when does Manayunk flood?

• What can residents and businesses do to better prepare themselves?

•What is the Task Force doing about flooding?

Community members and businesses are invited to join us for answers and to get a look at A Guide to Flooding in Philadelphia, a new resource providing residents with practical information about a variety of issues, from home flood-proofing to tips for safe post-storm recovery.

Read more on the Watersheds blog.

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'Crowd and the Cloud' Episode on WHYY Overlooks Free On-Demand Tests for Lead Pipes
Apr 18, 2017
The Philadelphia Water Department was recently made aware of an episode of the American Public Television series ‘The Crowd and the Cloud’ which aired on local stations and attempted to address the issue of lead sampling in Philadelphia.

PWD, a public utility operated by Philadelphia citizens to provide drinking water for more than 1.5 million residents, was never contacted by the show’s producers.

Alarmingly, the information presented contains many factual inaccuracies that may prevent customers from accessing free services PWD offers to ensure top quality water.

Because providing our customers with safe, clean drinking water is our core mission, Philadelphia does more than follow EPA and Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (PADEP) regulations for the testing of lead in tap water.

In addition to routine water quality monitoring, source water protection, and effective water treatment that ensures the water coming into homes meets or exceeds all state and federal quality standards, we offer free on-demand testing year-round for customers with concerns about lead in their tap water.

Any customer concerned about lead should call 215-685-6300.

Our Bureau of Laboratory Services (BLS) division will schedule a visit to your home so that a sample can be collected from the tap.

If we test your tap water and find lead levels higher than 15 parts per billion (15 ppb), the City will offer help in locating possible sources of lead in your plumbing. Customers concerned about lead pipes should have a licensed plumber inspect their home plumbing to identify any potential sources of lead.  

Read more about our programs for customers with lead plumbing.
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Yellow “Water Update” Cards NOT from Philadelphia Water Department
Mar 29, 2017
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has received reports from some customers about yellow “Water Update” postcards being left at their homes with a message requesting further contact.

These postcards are not being issued by PWD and are a product solicitation for a privately owned company based in Delaware. Residents should call our hotline at 215-685-6300 if they have questions.

Correspondence or direct service from the PWD by mail or in person can be identified in the following ways:
• PWD logo or letterhead
• PWD identification cards
• PWD-issued uniforms
• Company vehicles with the PWD logo

See our media alert for examples. 

PWD values its relationship with the citizens of Philadelphia and we strive to keep customers informed of any instances where companies are distributing potentially confusing materials that may be designed to appear as if they are from a local utility.

Providing safe, top-quality drinking water for our 1.5 million customers is one of our highest priorities and we take this commitment very seriously.

We encourage residents view our latest Drinking Water Quality Report..
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Philadelphia Water Department Backs Bill to Increase Awareness of Lead in Plumbing
Jan 05, 2017

The Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health and Human Services held a hearing on November 16, 2016 to hear testimony on three lead safety bills.

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) provided testimony in support of Bill No. 160687, which updates rules about what landlords must tell renters regarding the presence of potential hazards like lead paint to include plumbing that contains lead.

To make this information easy to access, customers can now find the November 2016 testimony and links to our lead safety programs here.

PWD Commissioner Debra A. McCarty presented the testimony and made clear the department’s commitment to educating and empowering customers when it comes to the issue of lead:

“We want our customers to understand the steps they can take to improve the quality of the drinking water in their homes. We take the safety of our customers very seriously, and drinking water quality has been and will remain a top priority for the Water Department.”

The bill includes language about rental properties where the water supply is connected to the City water main by a pipe made from lead. This pipe is called a service line, and runs from the water main in the street to the customer’s water meter, most often found in the basement. (See our fact sheet about checking for lead service lines.)

As of December, 2016, Bill No. 160687 has been referred to City Council for passage.

During the November testimony, PWD also updated City Council on its many lead safety programs and highlighted new information for residents available on the department’s website.

The official testimony submitted to City Council, without links, is available here.

Those interested in water testing, replacing lead service lines or scheduling a community presentation about lead can call 215-685-6300.

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New Winter Perks for Philly Residents Seeking Discounted Landscaping and Free Rain Barrels
Dec 22, 2016
Did you know Philadelphia residents can save money on outdoor landscaping and other green projects by signing up for our Rain Check program?

Hundreds of homes across the city have used Rain Check to build rain gardens, depave concrete patios, replace asphalt driveways with beautiful, rain-absorbing hardscape projects, and more. Thousands have also received a free rain barrel or deeply discounted downspout garden planter featuring native plants.

Right now is also the best time to get started.


By taking one of our free workshops with the Pa. Horticultural Society during January and February, you can get a jump on plans for spring greening projects and be at the front of the line when the weather warms.

We’re also offering two new incentives to encourage Rain Check participation this winter.

Learn more about our our winter offers here or head right to the Rain Check page to register for a workshop now.
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Winter Tips: Act Now to Prevent Frozen Pipes!
Dec 09, 2016
With temperatures expected to dip into the low 20s next week, now is a good time to make sure your home's plumbing is ready for winter. Leaving an outside hose on or failing to cover a drafty window near your water meter can lead to frozen or burst pipes and costly repairs.

Take a minute to check out these cold weather tips and protect your home before the deep freeze sets in!   
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Call Centers are Again Fully Operational
Nov 28, 2016
The Philadelphia Water Department and Water Revenue Bureau call centers are now fully operational following an outage yesterday. However, due to yesterday’s outage, call volume may be higher than normal. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank our customers for their patience.
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Drought Watch Declared November 23: Learn More
Oct 31, 2016
The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) declared a drought watch for the entire Delaware River basin on Wednesday, November 23.

The Philadelphia Water Department is not experiencing adverse water quality or water supply issues related to the conditions associated with a drought watch.

Since the summer, the Philadelphia Water Department, regional environmental agencies and partners have closely monitored streamflow and reservoir levels in the Delaware River basin amid below-average precipitation.

Read our full statement regarding the November 2016 drought watch declaration here.
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Public Hearing on Discounted Community Garden Stormwater Rates
Oct 25, 2016

A public hearing on proposed stormwater rates changes for Philadelphia’s community gardens will take place on Tuesday, October 25:

PWD Presentation to Rate Board
And Public Input Hearing
Tuesday, October 25, 2016,
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1495 

On June 28, 2016, Mayor James F. Kenney signed an ordinance passed by Philadelphia City Council that allows community gardens a special discounted rate for stormwater services. The ordinance directs the Rate Board to establish a special discounted stormwater charge, in an amount up to and including 100%, for approved community gardens.

As a result, the Board may exempt community gardens from paying a monthly stormwater charge, as long as the gardens meet the criteria in the ordinance.

Read more about the hearing and proposed changes on our Watersheds Blog. You can also learn more about this proposal here.

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Learn About Navigation on the Schuylkill River Through Photography
Oct 05, 2016
A network of locks, dams and canals, once made the Schuylkill River a hub of transportation and commerce. The Fairmount Water Works presents Falling Waters: the Legacy of the Schuylkill Navigation, a photography exhibit that artfully documents the remaining parts of the 200 year old navigation system. 
The exhibit is free and open to the public, and runs through December 30th. Visit fairmountwaterworks.org for more information.
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Phone Issues Resolved
Sep 27, 2016
Philadelphia Water and Water Revenue Bureau have addressed the phone issues previously reported. We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.
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Green Patches on the Schuylkill River aka Duckweed
Sep 21, 2016
The green areas on the river are Duckweed (Lemna minor), a free-floating aquatic plant. Duckweed is naturally occurring, typical to low-flow and/or stagnant water conditions, and not harmful to the health to of the river. Duckweed can have an earthy smell, however PWD has received no odor complaints.
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Duckweed can be found in healthy water bodies around the country. It is more synonymous with low flow conditions providing areas of habitat for this species to persist. Despite being churned up by the recent heavy rainfall, the Schuylkill River is healthy.

It is important to keep in mind that the Schuylkill Watershed covers a drainage area of over 1,900 square miles—most of that is above Philadelphia. Schuylkill River flows during most of this summer have been lower than normal. Over the past week, we have seen heavy rainfall saturate the watershed, increasing river flows. The heavy rain fall has flushed the duckweed from upstream tributaries and areas along the Schuylkill River down river.

The Duckweed is likely to separate as it flows over the dam and into the Delaware River. The Delaware River is a much larger river system than the Schuylkill with considerably more flow and tidal impacts. It is highly likely that the Duckweed will become more dispersed as it moves down into the Delaware River and eventually out to the bay.

Philadelphia Water Department scientists continuously monitor the rivers to ensure they are healthy and our drinking water is safe.
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Registration Open for Philly Fun Fishing Fest, September 10
Aug 16, 2016
The Philly Fun Fishing Fest will be held at Schuylkill Banks on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

This catch-and-release event is free and open to the public, with no fishing licenses needed. Bait and tackle is provided on a first-come, first-served basis for those who need it.

The fishing contest will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. awards ceremony featuring prizes in a variety of categories. Prizes are provided by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Plano Tackle. Registration and more information can be found on the Philly Fun Fishing Fest page.
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Interest Free Loans Now Available for Lead Service Lines
Aug 08, 2016
Philadelphia Water is now offering zero-interest loans for customers who want to replace a service line made of lead.

An estimated 10 percent of Philadelphia homes may be connected to the City water main by a lead service line.

In the City of Philadelphia, water service lines are the responsibility of the homeowner. If you have a water service line made of lead, you may qualify for the Homeowner’s Emergency Loan Program (HELP).

Learn more about this program or call 215-685-4901 to see if you qualify. Leave a message with your contact information and a representative will return your call.

More information about lead pipes, including tips on finding out if you have a lead service line, is available here.

More: How to Tell If You Have a Lead Service Line
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Invite Us to Your Group to Learn About Lead
May 03, 2016

To help our customers understand risks associated with lead pipes in homes, Philadelphia Water is offering to make a presentation to any civic or community organization interested in learning more. Our biggest priority is making sure Philadelphia residents always receive top-quality drinking water.

To schedule a presentation, please email waterinfo@phila.gov or call 215-685-6300. We will work to accommodate your schedule, but please provide ample time to arrange the presentation. Philadelphia Water can also translate education materials into a variety of languages to meet the needs of your community.

See a preview of the presentation.
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Resources for Customers with Lead Plumbing
Apr 05, 2016
Does your home have a water distribution pipe made of lead? Not sure? See our page created to help customers concerned about lead in plumbing and make sure you are taking advantage of Philadelphia’s lead-free, affordable public drinking water. Get info on daily drinking water tips, testing for lead, identifying and replacing lead pipes and more. We are here to help.
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Take Part: Meet Our New Commissioner and Get the Inside Scoop on Contracting Opportunities
Mar 08, 2016
Philadelphia Water is hosting its Contractor Seminar series on March 22, 2016 at Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Manayunk from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

This special event will give contractors the opportunity to meet with Debra A. McCarty, the first woman to lead the department in its 200-year history. She was appointed Commissioner by Mayor Kenney in January.

Contractors will also learn about the City's procurement processes and will have opportunities to network with other local businesses. These seminars are designed to provide important information to contractors about Philadelphia Water contracting opportunities, including details on industry best practices, specifications on projects, and minority, women, and disabled business enterprise (“M/W/DSBE”) inclusion goals and requirements.

This seminar is highly recommended for all contractors interested in doing business with Philadelphia Water as well as businesses interested in meeting with existing prime contractors.


RSVP and Sign Up Here Now!
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Concerned About Lead? Tips for Safe, Clean Tap Water + How to Get Tested
Feb 03, 2016
News about how untreated water in Flint, Michigan is causing high lead levels in homes has renewed concerns about public drinking water in many other cities across the U.S., including Philadelphia.
   
Unlike Flint, we treat our water and follow all state and federal laws to prevent lead pipes in homes from rusting. Whether your home has lead plumbing or not, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure you’re getting the cleanest, freshest water possible.

We also go above and beyond requirements for lead testing, and offer individual help for customers concerned about lead pipes.
  
See our fact sheet to read about smart flushing practices and find out how you can get your water tested.

Customers concerned about lead exposure should also read the Philadelphia Department of Public Health fact sheet on lead in water and where lead exposure comes from in the city.
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Information in Response to Lead Questions
Jan 25, 2016

Dear Water Department Customer:
Drinking water has recently been the topic in the national and local news. And we wish to assure our customers that Philadelphia Water holds its pledge to provide safe, high quality water as its most sacred bond with our citizens.

We view protection of public health as a core part of our mission and work closely with the Philadelphia Department of Health, in addition to participating in research conducted by national water research foundations. We are leaders in drinking water best practices and we have a stellar track record of providing reliable, top quality water that meets or does better than all federal standards for public health.

Please read our full response and more information on drinking water quality in Philadelphia.

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Smart Winter Deicing Tips to Protect Rivers, Creeks and Pets
Jan 22, 2016
As snow piles up in the winter, we often turn to salt or other solutions to melt snow and ice as an important public safety measure that saves lives on our roadways every year. Still, it's important to know that all deicers can be harmful to our drinking water supply and the environment when overused, so the best strategy is to read the labels and use as directed only when needed. 

Read the latest Watersheds Blog post to get smart deicing tips.
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Water Department Tips Following Snow Storms: Help Us Help You
Jan 21, 2016
Philadelphia Water is asking citizens around Philadelphia to assist us after the major snow storm expected the weekend of January 22, 2016. Major snow events with high accumulation totals present risks many people may not be aware of, and we ask for your assistance in making sure that we can be ahead of any potential problems.

Read our latest blog on snow tips or read the official press release
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Philadelphia Water Requests Rate Increase Over Two Years
Jan 08, 2016
Philadelphia Water filed a rate change request today with City Council and the City’s independent Water Rate Board in order to fund critical investments in aging infrastructure, including the replacement of dozens of miles of water mains and sewers per year. The proposed increase is 11.7 percent over a two-year period beginning July 1, 2016, raising the typical residential bill $8 per month. View detailed information on our Rates page.
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Mayor Kenney Names McCarty to Lead Philadelphia Water
Jan 05, 2016
Mayor Jim Kenney named Debra McCarty as the new Commissioner of Philadelphia Water on Jan. 1, 2016. McCarty, the first woman to hold the title of Commissioner, was serving as Deputy Commissioner and Director of Operations and replaces Howard Neukrug.
An engineer with over three decades of experience at department, McCarty has held a number of leadership roles with Philadelphia Water and is a respected member of the water utility industry.

Read more about Commissioner McCarty's appointment on the Watersheds Blog.
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It’s Official: Meet Our New Spokesdog
Dec 17, 2015
Did you know bad pet waste habits can lead to water pollution? In December 2015, Philadelphia Water named Shorty—a Chihuahua, Dachshund and Jack Russell mix from Fishtown—as our official anti-pet waste pollution Spokesdog. Shorty was selected as a finalist through online voting and named as our 2016 Spokesdog by a panel of judges. Click here to see Shorty and find out how he will spread the word about disposing of pet waste properly so it doesn’t end up in our storm drains and rivers. Did you know bad pet waste habits can lead to water pollution? In December 2015, Philadelphia Water named Shorty—a Chihuahua, Dachshund and Jack Russell mix from Fishtown—as our official anti-pet waste pollution Spokesdog. Shorty was selected as a finalist through online voting and named as our 2016 Spokesdog by a panel of judges. Click here to see Shorty and find out how he will spread the word about disposing of pet waste properly so it doesn’t end up in our storm drains and rivers.
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This Weekend, A Spokesdog Shall Be Crowned
Dec 09, 2015
Our annual Spokesdog pageant will take place on Sunday, December 13 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Zoom Room, 180 West Girard Avenue, and features a panel of judges representing Philadelphia Water, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and the Zoom Room. Read more about Spokesdog on our Watersheds Blog.
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Philadelphia Water Supports Water Affordability Legislation
Nov 20, 2015
City Council passed legislation on November 19 that will begin the process of creating income-based billing and debt-forgiveness options for low-income customers.

Philadelphia Water supports this measure and is working to ensure a fair and effective billing system for all customers. Read more about our role in the process.
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FAQ: Comments on the Proposed Elcon Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility
Nov 04, 2015
Philadelphia Water submitted a routine comment letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on October 14, 2015 regarding a hazardous material recycling facility proposed for a location approximately 15 miles upstream from our Baxter Drinking Water Treatment Plant on the Delaware River. Due to the sensitive nature of this proposed industrial development, the comment letter has attracted public attention.

Philadelphia Water’s role in the public comment process is to provide PADEP and other regulators with information regarding potential risks to drinking water sources, which in this example included a worst-case scenario. It is the role of PADEP and other regulators to interpret that information when deciding on permit applications.

This discussion is intended to add context to Philadelphia Water comments in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) we have received. Read the FAQ

 

 

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Participate in Philadelphia Water’s Recruitment Information Sessions for Engineers and Scientists (P.W. R.I.S.E.S.)
Oct 24, 2015
Are you a graduating college senior majoring in engineering or science? Join us as a panel of Philadelphia Water managers describe job specifications for open Philadelphia Water college graduate level engineer and scientist positions. Q&A session will follow. Learn More

Philadelphia Water’s Staffing & Recruitment Office is hosting P.W. R.I.S.E.S. to:
• inform local, engineer and scientist college seniors of the benefits of working for P.W. in engineer and scientist positions
• inform students of P.W. entry-level engineer and scientist positions open for application October 12 – November 6, 2015 via the City of Philadelphia’s Job Opportunities website (https://phila.peopleadmin.com/postings/search)
• inform students how to apply for these engineer and scientist positions through the City of Philadelphia’s Civil Service Hiring Process. Learn More

When: Friday, October 30, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Aramark Tower, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 11th Floor Conference Room

* R.S.V.P. email to RecruitPW@phila.gov. Please include your resume in your R.S.V.P. email for manager and panel review before this event.
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Reusable Bottle Filling Stations are Coming
Oct 24, 2015
Friday, Oct. 23, Mayor Michael Nutter joined partners in announcing a new network of water bottle filling stations that will stretch along Kelly Drive from East Falls to Boathouse Row, providing convenient access to free drinking water on one of the region’s most popular recreational trails.

"Bottled water costs consumers many times more than public drinking water, and it’s also taking a toll on the environment through pervasive litter and a troubling carbon footprint resulting from the production, transportation and refrigeration of disposable plastic bottles," said Philadelphia Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug. "This initiative makes it easy for Philadelphia to drop the bad bottled water habit and make the smart choice for their wallets and our planet." Read more
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October Green City, Clean Waters Newsletter
Oct 07, 2015
Imagine a Day Without Water
Oct 06, 2015
Philadelphia Water announced its participation in the national advocacy and educational event, Imagine a Day Without Water. Across the country, organizations, elected officials, corporations, environmental advocates, and more are joining together to educate people about how water is essential, the challenges facing water and wastewater systems, and the need for investment. Almost all of Philadelphia’s City Council members have signed a Resolution to be sent to Congress, and Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug and former Philadelphia Mayor and Building America’s Future Co-Chair Edward G. Rendell have penned an op-ed to bring the need for federal water infrastructure investment to the forefront. Read the entire press release.

For more information about Imagine a Day Without Water, visit http://imagineadaywithoutwater.org/
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September Take Part! Newsletter Released
Sep 14, 2015
Philadelphia Water releases the September 2015 Issue of the Take Part! e-newsletter to connect potential contractors to the City's procurement system and contracting opportunities for business diversity. This edition features Philadelphia's Minority Development Week theme, PHL Center Stage: "Building a Legacy of Opportunity". See the full issue here: Take Part! September 2015
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Vote for the 2015 Spokesdog!
Aug 06, 2015
We received over two dozen nominations for the next Philadelphia Water Spokesdog . And while we personally think all these cute pooches would be great ambassadors in the campaign to spread awareness about the impact of pet waste on our waterways, it's up to you to vote in the champ. Check out all of the profiles and help us choose the 20 finalists that will compete for the crown. Read more about the competition!
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Art Enhances Infrastructure in Manayunk
May 14, 2015
Philadelphia Water has been working with Philadelphia Mural Arts to create Waterways, a temporary street art installation highlighting the importance of a healthy Schuylkill River and our recent stormwater management improvements at the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center. The 50-plus colorful, unique vinyl "steppingstones" that make up Waterways stretch over 10 blocks and lead viewers from Pretzel Park in central Manayunk down Main Street and to Venice Island, which sits between the Manayunk Canal and the Schuylkill River. Read more about Waterways and how Philadelphia Water uses art to connect citizens to water infrastructure.
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New Bill Design
May 06, 2015
We've updated our bill design. What makes it better?
  • Easy-to-read format
  • Updated usage graph
  • Clearer statement of charges and account status
  • Updated message section for important communications
Have a look at the new design.
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Early Warning System Getting Praise from High Places
May 06, 2015
Philadelphia Water has been recognized by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for our contribution to the conservation of the state's natural resources through the development of the Delaware Valley Early Warning System (EWS). EWS is a web-based notification system to provide advanced warning of surface water quality or flooding events in the Schuylkill and Delaware River watersheds. Learn more about protecting our water at the Watershed's Blog.Philadelphia Water has been recognized by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for our contribution to the conservation of the state's natural resources through the development of the Delaware Valley Early Warning System (EWS). EWS is a web-based notification system to provide advanced warning of surface water quality or flooding events in the Schuylkill and Delaware River watersheds. Learn more about protecting our water at the Watershed's Blog.
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Earth Day Ribbon Cutting at Nebinger School
Apr 16, 2015
Philadelphia Water and our many partners are celebrating a national model for stormwater management and educational programming at George W. Nebinger School, Wednesday, April 22. Attending officials include Mayor Michael Nutter, US EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, Councilman Mark Squilla, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent, Dr. William R. Hite Jr., Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Executive Director Jennifer Adkins, and Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug. Read more about the Nebinger project at our Watersheds Blog.
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Avoid Water Shut-offs April 1
Mar 14, 2015
During the winter, we keep your water on even if you don’t pay, but on April 1, we will start to shut off water for those with unpaid bills. Unfortunately, you could end up with an unmanageable water bill!  The Water Department and Water Revenue Bureau have several ways we can help, but don’t wait till it’s too late! View our fact sheet or watch this short video to see how you can keep your water flowing.
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January 2015 Take Part Newsletter Released
Jan 07, 2015
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has released the January 2015 Issue of Take Part!, the e-newsletter to connect potential contractors to the City's procurement system and contracting opportunities for business diversity.  PWD is committed to small, local, and disadvantaged businesses to be included on their contracts. An important part of that commitment includes providing timely and relevant resources to contractors.

In each issue, you will find helpful information on a variety of topics as well as updates on PWD projects and resource partners' events. You can also visit Doing Business with PWD to view prior releases of newsletter issues, contracting opportunities and procurement information.
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City of Philadelphia Receives EPA Leadership Award
Dec 17, 2014
The City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has announced that it has received a 2014 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA will presentPhiladelphia with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2014 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Sacramento, California on December 3, 2014. Read the full press release.
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PWD and PIDC Award $8.25 Million in Stormwater Grants
Dec 17, 2014
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) have awarded  $8.25 million in grants to promote green stormwater management practices in a highly competitive selection process.  Launched in January 2012, the Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP) grant program is designed to be a  catalyst for transforming large, commercial impervious properties that generate high volumes of stormwater runoff and  burden the City’s sewer system and waterways into properties that build and maintain green stormwater management  practices. This past July, PWD announced the launch of its newest grant program, the Greened Acre Retrofit Program  (GARP), to complement SMIP and provide even greater opportunity for green stormwater developers to get involved in  the City’s greening efforts. Read the full press release.
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PWD Names Inaugural Stormwater Pioneer
Nov 19, 2014
Philadelphia has honored third-generation small business owners Mark and Joe Jaconski as innovators in stormwater management. The Philadelphia Water Department names Stanley’s True Value Hardware—a 66-year-old-business with deep roots in Roxborough—as the first Stormwater Pioneer for innovation in reducing stormwater runoff. The brothers’ new store protects the environment for future generations with a beautiful rain garden and underground basins. Business has doubled and neighbors are greening their properties. Learn more about our Stormwater Pioneers program.
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September 2014 Take Part Newlsetter Released
Sep 27, 2014
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has released the September 2014 Issue of Take Part!, the e-newsletter to connect potential contractors to the City's procurement system and contracting opportunities for business diversity.

In this issue, PWD is honored to be an official partner of the 30th Anniversary Minority Enterprise Development Week (MEDWeek) and is featuring the week long celebration with event highlights and upcoming business opportunities. PWD is committed to small, local, and disadvantaged businesses to be included on their contracts. An important part of that commitment includes providing timely and relevant resources to contractors.

In each issue, you will find helpful information on a variety of topics as well as updates on PWD projects and resource partners' events.
You can also visit Doing Business with PWD to view prior releases of newsletter issues, contracting opportunities and procurement information.
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Recruitment Information Sessions September 29, 30 and October 1
Sep 19, 2014
The Philadelphia Water Department’s Staffing & Recruitment Office is hosting P.W.D. R.I.S.E.S. to:
  • inform local, engineer and scientist college seniors of the benefits of working  for PWD in engineer and scientist positions, 
  • inform students of PWD entry-level engineer and scientist positions open for  application in 2014-15,
  • inform students how to apply for these engineer and scientist positions through the City of Philadelphia’s civil service hiring process.
Join us as a panel of PWD managers describe job specifications for open, PWD
college graduate level engineer and scientist positions. Q&A session to follow.
  • When: Option 1: Sept. 29th 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Option 2: Sept. 30th 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Option 3: Oct. 1st 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: 1101 Market Street – Aramark Tower
11th Floor Conference Room
Philadelphia, PA 19107 

R.S.V.P. email RecruitPWD@phila.gov to confirm your attendance
at one of our three upcoming P.W.D. R.I.S.E.S. events.
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Construction Seminar September 30
Sep 04, 2014
The Philadelphia Water Department will be hosting the third in a series of construction seminars on September 30 from 8:30am to 10:30am at the department’s Fox Street headquarters at Fox and Abbottsford Road in the East Falls section of the city. view invitation

The seminars are designed to provide important information to contractors about the department’s green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) contracts. Over the next two decades, PWD will be bidding over $2 billion in construction projects to meet the city’s ambitious Green City, Clean Waters goals. Our contractors are essential partners. The seminars are “highly recommended” to all contractors that bid on GSI projects. The targeted audience for the seminars is the contractor foreman, superintendent and/or owner.

Meeting Date: Tuesday, September 30th 8:30am - 10:30am
Meeting Location: PWD Fox Street Facility (Fox & Abbottsford Road - East Falls)
Parking is available along Fox Street.
RSVP for this event! Contact Janira Barroso at janira.barroso@phila.gov
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Philly Fun Fishing Fest September 6th
Aug 18, 2014
Enjoy a morning of free catch and release fishing and friendly competition on the Schuylkill Banks! The Fishing Fest is perfect for anglers of all ages and level of experience. No fishing license is required during the fishing competition and fishing gear will be available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis. The fishing portion of the event will be held on Saturday, September 6th from 7 a.m. to 11 a. m. on the Schuylkill Banks by Walnut Street, with an awards ceremony at 11:30. Prizes will be awarded in various categories (must be present to claim prize).

Visit the 2014 Fishing Fest webpage for more information and to register.
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August 5 Delaware River Study
Aug 04, 2014
The Philadelphia Water Department will be conducting a dye test in the Delaware River on Tuesday, August 5 through Friday, August 8 as part of the validation process for a 3D hydrodynamic model using Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code. We are updating a flow model that will help us better understand how pollutants are dispersed in the tidal Delaware. This is one of the scientific tools used in our Green City Clean Waters Plan to better protect and improve the quality of the Delaware River. For more information, read the press release or visit the Watersheds Blog.
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Stormwater Grant Seminar July 21
Jun 21, 2014
PWD’s new Greened Acre Retrofit Program (GARP) provides grants to companies or project aggregators who can assemble large areas for stormwater management projects. Join the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) on Monday, July 21st from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at 1101 Market Street to learn more about the newly launched GARP Grant. RSVP and more information through Eventbrite.
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Stormwater Grants Awarded
May 30, 2014
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) have awarded $3.5 million in grants to promote green stormwater management practices in a highly competitive selection process. Launched in January 2012, the Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP) is a grant program designed to be a catalyst for transforming large, commercial impervious properties that generate high volumes of stormwater runoff and burden the City’s sewer system and waterways into properties that build and maintain green stormwater management practices. These practices include rain gardens, vegetated infiltration basins, porous asphalt, and green roofs.

The winning projects include LaSalle University, Dependable Distribution Services, Revolutionary Recovery, Case Paper, Newman Paper Company, Jomar Textiles, Morton McMichael School, Aspira-Antonia Pantoja Charter School, Yards Brewing, The Enterprise Center, Grace Epiphany Church, Litworx and Prodigy Day Care, and Roxborough Baptist Church.
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PWD and PP&R Staff Honored with Watersheds Milestones Award
May 13, 2014
The Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) will recognize two City of Philadelphia employees at the third annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception on Wednesday, May 21.

Working together, the team of Rick Howley, Environmental Engineer with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and Rob Armstrong, Preservation and Capital Projects Manager with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR), has made a significant impact on improving Tacony Creek Park access and health. Rick leads PWD’s stream restoration efforts and Rob leads PPR’s trail and gateway initiative.

Rick and Rob are valuable sources of information and expertise, enabling the City to communicate effectively with park neighbors and stakeholder. As a team, they garner support for the park and ensure that stream and trail design respects both the park environment and public concerns. Their partnership demonstrates that it is critical that City agencies work together – through the land and water partnership — to make Tacony Creek Park a community and natural destination.

Event tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

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PWD's GreenSTEM Network featured in the City Paper
Apr 17, 2014
PWD's GreenSTEM Network is featured in this week’s Philadelphia City Paper. GreenSTEM is an initiative that engages Philadelphia school students with Green Infrastructure to enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Read the story.
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Region's Business Highlights PWD Energy Initiatives
Apr 07, 2014
The Philadelphia Water Department is recognized for our work to reduce energy consumption and generate renewable energy in a recent article on Region’s Business Journal.
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Spokesdog competition now open for registration
Mar 17, 2014
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Water Department is giving dog owners in Juniata and Lower Moyamensing the chance to win celebrity status and $200 in prizes. Residents can now enter the Philly Water’s Best Friend Spokesdog Competition, now in its fourth year.

The purpose of the PWD’s spokesdog contest is to keep waterways clean by encouraging dog walkers to pick up their pets’ waste. Winners do this by attending two or more neighborhood events, handing out flyers, and giving away free dog-waste bags.

“Believe it or not, dog poop can kill because it fuels the growth of fish-killing algae,” said Joanne Dahme, general manager of public affairs at the PWD. “This happens when rain or snow carries it into sewers, which can overflow into waterways.”

Lisa Wool of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary echoed Dahme’s concern, saying, “We love our dogs and enjoy taking them to our favorite neighborhoods, parks and streets, but those that don’t pick up ruin it for everyone. Dog waste has a ton of bacteria that we don’t want on the bottom of our shoes or washing off into local waterways or sewers, which empty into nearby streams.”

Records indicate almost 1,000 registered dogs live in Juniata and Lower Moyamensing. This means that residents must pick up almost 75 tons of dog waste every year. And this does not include unregistered dogs.

Studies differ on how much dog waste offenders leave on the ground. However, a conservative estimate puts it at 15% or, in this case, over 11 tons a year. This can cause a considerable stink given how dog waste takes up to a year to degrade. During that time it can spread bacteria, parasites, and ill will.

The deadline to enter the Philly Water’s Best Friend Spokesdog Competition is May 15. Dog owners can enter online at PhillyWatersheds.org.

Voters will select the finalists during an online vote on June 1 to July 31. Since 2011, dog lovers have cast more than 30,000 votes for over 150 spokesdog candidates representing six Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Sponsors of this program include: the Philadelphia Water Department, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Juniata Action Committee, and the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association.
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Cold Weather Tips
Feb 20, 2014
Cold weather can create problems for your home water system, so the Philadelphia Water Department would like to offer a few tips to help you protect your home against frigid temperatures. Cold air blowing through drafty windows or in unheated areas can cause water pipes to burst or damage meters. Let's work together to keep our water flowing!
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PWD featured in Water Blues, Green Solutions Film
Feb 20, 2014
Penn State Public Media recently released the documentary, Water Blues, Green Solutions, which prominently features the Philadelphia Water Department. Read our blog about the film and the interactive site.
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PWD releases the Green Streets Design Manual
Feb 03, 2014
We've developed and completed our Green Streets Design Manual to provide design standards and procedural guidance for developing green streets that manage stormwater runoff.

The Philadelphia Water Department worked closely with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Streets Department, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and other public utilities, partners, and agencies to develop detailed design templates for green streets that are flexible enough to be applied in a variety of urban street conditions. The Green Streets Design Manual outlines what types of green stormwater infrastructure practices are appropriate on various street typologies, provides standardized design details, and lays out the necessary design review and construction inspection processes. Moving forward, design professionals, engineers, planners, and developers can utilize the approved design standards and procedures therein to expedite green street development in Philadelphia.
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EPA Awards Four Colleges with Substantial Grants to study Green Infrastructure
Jan 30, 2014
On January 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded a substantial grant of $4 million to four colleges in the Philadelphia area to study Green City, Clean Waters. Temple University, Swathmore College, Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania each received $1 million. Plus, the University of New Hampshire received $993,000 to assess various green infrastructure projects and aspects of the plan, quantify performance and conduct surveys in a 40,000-acre combined sewage area.

The colleges plan to use the grant money toward diverse areas of research. For example, Temple plans to analyze many green projects on its Philadelphia campus and will investigate socio-economic issues, including the impact of real estate values as a result of green infrastructure. Villanova will evaluate the performance of completed green infrastructure projects in order to develop and design next-generation versions. Penn researchers will look into how to motivate residents and businesses to invest in green infrastructure projects. Investments in these projects will go a long way toward developing innovative solutions to stormwater management, wet weather pollution, and building more resilient, safer water systems.
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PWD announces "Uncover the Green" design competition
Dec 20, 2013
Students, it's your turn to leave your mark on Philadelphia! Uncover the Green is a design competition that invites local college students to design the new medallion for our city's green stormwater infrastructure as well as a new look for Philadelphia's manhole covers. Help the Water Department raise awareness about the new tools in our neighborhoods and inspire residents to uncover the benefits of green stormwater infrastructure.
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