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More problems arise surrounding the 10th Street sinkhole

10th Street between Tasker and Morris has been closed for a while now due to a sinkhole and water main leak.


According to a letter sent to Councilman Squilla’s office from the Water Department, this section of the street will remain closed for another three to four months, in addition to sections of the water main being shut off over the next few weeks to repair the valves.

In the letter it was stated that residents who would be affected by the water main shutoffs would be notified, but it seems as though most neighbors have not been notified. A neighbor who lives two blocks from the water main break told us that they have had very low water pressure, if they have any water at all, and the Water Department has yet to reach out.

The Water Department has deemed this sinkhole and break as an emergency and have stated that they hope to minimize the number of customers affected by these water shutoffs and the rest of the work being done.

Since the water and sewer mains along this street date back to 1925 and 1895, it seems like it was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

We’ve reached out for comment from the Water Department.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about the situation.

Have you been affected by this sinkhole and water main break?

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13 Responses to More problems arise surrounding the 10th Street sinkhole

  1. Erik June 9, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    At the last EPX General Membership meeting, John Digiulio the Community Relations Manager from PWD, presented a couple documents about the work being done.

    We have them here on our website:

  2. Mike S June 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    Wonder what this is doing for businesses down that block (dew’s, watkin’s, fountain porter etc)…

    • nahmean June 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

      I’m doing my best to singlehandedly keep Watkins in business.

    • R Young June 10, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

      It doesn’t seem to be affecting Fountain Porter; they’re packed as usual every weekend night I’ve been by.

      Keep in mind that most of their customers are arriving on foot or by bike, so the street closure doesn’t really change anything for them.

  3. E Punk June 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    It’s funny the water department isn’t mentioning the contractor of theirs that accidentally dumped concrete down the newly fixed main. Maybe that has something to do with the “broken” valves. What a joke.

    • Lee June 9, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

      how do you dump concrete into a newly fixed water main?

  4. Watkins Drinkery June 9, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    We here at Watkins haven’t noticed any problems with our water, (thankfully!), but it’s been slower than normal here. Whether that’s due to the weather, beer week (and beer garden) madness, or the lack of traffic on 10th street is anybody’s guess! At any rate, we are certainly grateful for all of our loyal regulars!!

  5. Lou_1000 June 10, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    This is a joke, I live a block a way, the water pressure is so low you can’t even take a shower sometimes. Though that’s better than the random no water.
    The PWD is not treating this as “urgent”, they haven’t worked on it in over 2 WEEKS. Now they say it’s going to be like this until the fall??

    • Lee June 11, 2015 at 9:43 am #

      Apparently you don’t know how long it takes to get a project executed when its NOT an emergency. It’s all relative.

      The water main work is going on now, its likely why you’re experiencing outages.

      At the community meeting about this issue, the PWD public affairs guy said that they will also be repairing the sewer main in that same segment of street due to its age and condition. That work will last through fall.

      • Lou_1000 June 17, 2015 at 8:35 am #

        @Lee PWD Employee: They (you) were NOT working on it for the past month. So that seems to extend the time frame.
        My 93 year old neighbor not having water, in this heat? That seems to be a pretty effin’ urgent issue.
        Plus, in direct contradiction to what the PWD mouthpiece said, there has been NO notifications of when the water goes off.
        Just more crappy service from city workers. Big surprise.

  6. Hannah June 10, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    Thank you for this update. I live within a block of the water main break, and we lost water for nearly a full week—with no notification from the water department. When I did contact them, they blew me off. It’s been a terrible experience. I contacted Squilla’s office last week and it was only then that our water returned. (This morning it is gone again.) Please stay on this beat, and reach out if I can help at all.

  7. Nancy Lebovitz June 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    i live near the repairs to the water main, and I’ve had some spells of low pressure, but this is the first time the water’s been off completely– no notification for any of it. I’ll be calling the water department.

  8. Lou_1000 June 10, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    And again today, no water since around 9:00 AM, and NO notice from the water department.

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