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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.

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.

Sansom and S. Juniper Water Main Repair

August 8, 2018 update:

Guidelines for the Inspection & Preservation of PWD Facilities

TAKE NOTICE: All persons having interest in the July 3, 2018 water main break that occurred at or near South Juniper and Sansom Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ("subject location"). Effective immediately, these guidelines are being established for the inspection and preservation of City of Philadelphia utilities and street openings at or near the subject location.

July 25 update:

Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Debra McCarty and additional staff met with business owners to provide updates and answer questions as work continues to repair the water main that broke at Sansom and S. Juniper streets.

Read FAQ distributed at the meeting.
View the meeting presentation.

Update Letters to Customers
If you were impacted by this main break and have not met with a PWD representative, please call (215) 685-6300 or email

View a map street closures.

On Tuesday, July 3rd, at approximately 4:00 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. The water main was shut down at approximately 7:30 a.m. and crews began clean-up efforts in the area immediately. PWD also had Customer Field Service staff on site visiting impacted properties.

Current Status:

This is an an active site, with multiple utilities working to secure their infrastructure prior to turning this location over to PWD. We can then perform an assessment and determine the scope of work necessary to repair the water main and sewer. Once all infrastructure work is complete, the road will be repaved and opened to traffic. Another top priority is working to make sure that all businesses can open safely, and assisting in any way we can.

Next Steps:
  • Clean up to restore impacted streets and get businesses back open
  • 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
Further updates and information on closures may be found on our blog: