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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.

12th and Dickinson

Overview

On November 19th & 20th, PWD was working to identify the source of the leak in the area. Oftentimes, where water is surfacing on the street is not the location of the leaking water main or water service. Unfortunately, before we were able to complete our investigation, our sewer failed, which lead to the street collapse last night, as well as the subsequent water main break on the 12-inch main in this street.

View letter to affected customers
View larger map of the street closure

Sansom and S Juniper Water Main Repair

Overview

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.

September 6, 2018

Read September 6 Update Letter to Customers

  • Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) contractor, JPC, has made repairs to the sewer in the washout and backfilled the excavation to prepare for the water main replacement.
  • Utility coordination is still taking place to ensure the safety of all the workers, and the stability of utility services in the area.
  • PWD and JPC worked with the management team at the Philadelphia Building to relocate equipment to make sure we have full access to the site as needed.
  • Exact measurements need to be taken of the existing mains to make sure the properly sized fittings are ordered for replacement.
  • Site specific signage was placed around the neighborhood, on the fencing, and on some other building locations.
  • Additional signage was distributed to each individual business, and some larger banners were offered to some businesses as well.

August 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
(O) 215-685-6209
(M) 215-852-6284
Brendan.Reilly@phila.gov

August 15, 2018

The repair work was awarded to JPC Inc., with Notice to Proceed issued Monday, August 6th. Work is underway.

General construction signage is present. Additional site-specific signage will come soon. This signage plan was developed by PWD, Midtown Village, and the Center City District.

A full time PWD inspector, Dan Mantour, will be on site during construction hours, from 6:00 am – 3:00 pm. Questions or concerns about deliveries, trash pickup, site maintenance, etc., should be directed to Dan. He may also be reached via email: Daniel.Matour@phila.gov

Read the letter delivered to customers on August 14th.

August 8, 2018

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, 2018

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.

July 7, 2018

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 waterinfo@phila.gov.

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:
phillyh2o.info/july-3-break-updates

July 3, 2018

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.

View a map street closures.

East Park Reservoir

Overview

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.