News Briefs: South Philadelphia Street Looks Like River Rapids After Large Main Break

Also in this week's sewer and water news, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced the investment of $97 million for 25 water/wastewater projects across 19 counties

A South Philadelphia neighborhood looked like river rapids after a 30-inch water main break caused significant flooding in streets and homes.

The main was 130 years old and left a huge crater where the gushing water initially erupted.

“Basically rapids at the corner of 6th and Bainbridge,” a resident told WPVI News. “The water was coming out with such force it was like a whitewater gusher.”

The news station has footage of the destruction here.

Pennsylvania Governor Announces $97 Million in Water/Wastewater Project Funding

Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced the investment of $97 million for 25 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and non-point source projects across 19 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

“Historic investments in clean water infrastructure like the ones made today continue to underscore our commitment to safe and reliable infrastructure for our communities,” says Wolf. “Clean, lead-free drinking water and reliable wastewater and stormwater systems are the bedrock of vibrant civic centers and are essential to ushering in much-needed growth across the commonwealth.”

The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency, and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for these projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST for review.

Des Moines to Participate in Large-Scale COVID-19 Wastewater Tracking Effort

large-scale effort to track COVID-19 and its variants will see wastewater from more than 500,000 residents in Des Moines, Iowa, regularly analyzed for the virus.

The Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority has announced it is participating in a program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and Biobot Analytics.

Samples will be collected twice per week and sent to a lab for analysis.


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