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Community meeting to be held for 10th and Tasker sinkhole and water main repair

For months now, 10th and Tasker has been shut down due to a sinkhole and water main break.


In addition to the road being closed for months, neighbors have been experiencing other problems with water pressure in their homes. Since this is a problem for so many residents, a community meeting is being held to share some more information about this emergency construction work.

The water mains and sewer lines in this area date back as far as 1895.


The meeting is being held on Tuesday, August 18 at Neumann-Goretti high school cafeteria from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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9 Responses to Community meeting to be held for 10th and Tasker sinkhole and water main repair

  1. Lou_1000X August 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    And after there done, the water/sewer below Morris will probably blow out.

  2. Lee August 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    not to be contrary to all of my neighbors, but I think PWD is doing a pretty decent job. Sewer replacements are complicated. The sewer pipes are very deep in the street and below all the other utilities. It’s hard to get at them and requires a lot of dirt removal. I think its impressive that they’ve tied in a new sewer line at 10th and Tasker, occupying pretty much just a half block of space. On a normal sized street, they would have utilized a lot more space.

    • Dan August 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

      Were you impressed when the “emergency” bidded job sat idle for months, with random trash, a porta potty and railroad ties for our enjoyment?

      • Lee August 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

        Just because construction activities aren’t occurring, doesn’t mean that the project isn’t proceeding. Even an emergency bid job requires engineering, design,bidding services, contract signing, utility coordination, and streets coordination prior to the contractor beginning work.

        In this case, there was a main break that required repair and so PWD made the decision to leave the site open. I don’t blame them, its expensive to close the street and open it back up.

        And trash in the whole? That’s not PWD’s fault, that is our nasty neighbors.

        While this all sucks, peoples comments generally reflect a lack of understanding about how a major infrastructure project gets completed.

  3. Nik August 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    My understanding from speaking with the guys working on the site – is some contractor accidentally filled the older sewer with concrete while working on an unrelated job. That’s why this project has swelled so much in scope. Haven’t really read much about that, but all my neighbors heard the same thing.

  4. Tom D August 16, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    Nick you are correct. The Philly water dept when fixing the initial water main break pumped three truckloads of concrete into the whole that went into the sewer main. A cpouple of houses had the concrete back up into them it was so much. THAT is why the sewer needed to be replaced besides its obvious age.

    The job is too complicated for the water dept and it was bid out to a private contractor. Your tax dollars at work!

    • Nik August 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

      Tom – thanks for the confirmation. As they say…”stranger than fiction.” I hope the homeowners are being compensated/taken care of for their troubles.

  5. Lou_1000x August 27, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    And a sinkhole is already forming around a “completed” section……

  6. Amado Cassino September 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    A member of the public noted the omission of an answer to his previous question from the minutes for July. Chairman noted that the whole subject of the Communications Protocol was listed as being an agenda item for the September meeting.

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