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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

South Philly water main and sewer replacement work

Last month we reported that the Water Department is seeking a rate increase to fund expedited repairs to the City’s aging water mains and sewers. On May 25th, in a piece aptly titled “Residents wait wearily as Water Dept. takes months to replace sewers and mains,” Plan Philly’s Jim Saska told the story of two South Philly blocks (of many) which are currently enduring long-lasting replacement projects:

Replacing water mains and sewers is labor-intensive, slow work that needs to stop in inclement weather. Still, work on any given block could be finished more quickly — weeks often pass between the water main’s replacement and the sewer’s replacement, and more weeks again before paving begins.

Saska interviewed residents of the 2300 block of South Mole Street and 1500 block of South Carlisle Street. On Carlisle Street, he writes:

[PWD Work] started in February,” said Jen Devor, block captain of the 1500 block of South Carlisle Street. “It was absolutely, totally finished two weeks ago.” “February of 2017,” she clarified — the work took 15 months to complete. Devor’s road was a muddy pit for only about a third of that period, but seasons changed before the final touches were put in place.

The Philadelphia Water Department has an interactive map of active and upcoming projects. You can find the map here. Click on the green and red areas to see details about each project.

Map of Philadelphia Water Department improvement projects. Green indicates an active project, red shows upcoming projects that will begin within a year. View the map at the link listed above.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly :  Pennsport 

Public meetings about proposed water rate increase

Philadelphia has one of the oldest water systems in the country. Some of the oldest parts of the system lie buried beneath the streets of South Philly. To help expedite the replacement of these aging water and sewer mains, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is seeking a rate increase. A public meeting scheduled to take place in Pennsport will afford customers a chance to speak out about the increase.

Excerpt from PWD’s Rate Facts Sheet (link below).

A water department spokesperson told the Post that “the rate increase will allow PWD to replace water and sewer lines at a faster rate, in order to prevent failures to the aging mains.” They added, “Our goal is to increase our replacement rate from our current average of 30 miles a year to 40 miles a year for water mains. And 8 miles to 12 miles for sewers.”

As part of their transparent rate-setting process, PWD is holding a series of “Public Input Hearings” across the city. One upcoming meeting will be held in South Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The meeting takes place at the EOM Athletic Association, 144 Moore Street, in Pennsport.

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.

A list other hearing dates and locations is available here.

Customers can view a detailed breakdown of how rates could change and what they fund here.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Two new PWD rain gardens are coming to Point Breeze

Green City, Clean Waters has been bringing green infrastructure improvements to the city, with new rain gardens in the form of planters and trenches with trees, along with some less-visible improvements below-ground. The city’s plan is for the program is to triple in size by 2021 to keep making Philadelphia a greener city.

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Point Breeze will soon be seeing more rain gardens, one at 1701 S. Ringgold St. and another at 1900 Point Breeze Ave. thanks to Green City, Clean Waters. On Tuesday, October 18, the Philadelphia Water Department will be giving the neighborhood the opportunity to learn more about the improvements coming to these two lots.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Meeting for Guerin Rec Center shows neighborhood split over green space

UPDATE: According to the Newbold Civic Association, 84% of the comment cards submitted at the meeting were in favor of the green space.

As we told you last week, the plans for the green space in the parking lot of Guerin Recreation Center at 2201 S. 16th St. have been a bit delayed.

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The new plan for this green space.

When the project was presented at past meetings, it was mostly favored by the community. Now based on the community reaction at last night’s meeting at the recreation center, there is a split in the neighborhood, mostly based on the South Philly hot-topic issues of parking and dog poop.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

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.

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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.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

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.

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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.

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