July 17, 2016
Repairs were still underway late Friday afternoon on an 8-inch water main that ruptured more than 12 hours earlier in Manayunk. The break occurred just before 4:30 a.m. on Main Street between Grape and Levering Streets, said John DiGiulio, spokesman for the Philadelphia Water Department. The basements of two restaurants experience significant basement flooding, DiGiulio said. Repair work was not expected to be completed until 9 or 10 p.m. - Robert Moran
July 16, 2016 |
Horsham Township will get $10 million in state funding to clean up drinking water contaminated with chemicals from the now shuttered naval base in Willow Grove. With that money, local officials will develop steps beyond those taken by the Navy and Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that their drinking water is safe. Rep. Todd Stephens (R., Montgomery) said he fought for the money for his township because he was "increasingly frustrated" with the response from federal agencies.
July 16, 2016 |
American Water is moving to the Camden waterfront, the company announced Thursday, becoming the latest New Jersey corporation lured to the city by generous state tax subsidies. Aided by the promise of $164 million in incentives, the Voorhees-based American Water Works Co. will build a new corporate headquarters between the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Adventure Aquarium, becoming the first piece of a massive complex planned by Liberty Property Trust, the Philadelphia-based developer that intends to build offices, shops, and homes there.
July 11, 2016 |
Not wishing to leave a gap in coverage and wanting to make sure you read our Real Estate offerings every Sunday, I'm continuing last week's discussion of on-demand hot water with the assistance of my readers. Mary Jean Cunningham of Philadelphia says: "We have an oil-fired hot-water heating system with what is called a 'summer-winter hookup' - the oil burner also heats our water, and we have no separate water heater or water tank. "We've had this system with two different oil burners for 30 years and no complaints, no problems at all, and unlimited hot water any time.
July 11, 2016 |
There are nearly 5,000 school gardens across the United States, living lessons that sprout on rooftops and lawns, in greenhouses and classrooms. Of the 133 in Pennsylvania, one of the more fruitful flourishes in a former courtyard at Bucks County's Bristol Middle-High School, where 4,000 plants occupy 30,000 neatly-tended square feet. A small farm, really. In four years, the garden has grown to 21 raised beds, with an herb wall, a pond graced by a waterfall, a cistern, arbors, tree-shaded picnic benches, and a new vermiculture system in which worms turn food waste into nutrient-rich compost.
July 9, 2016
Plant the last of your summer crops. Last call for tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and sweet potato plants; and cucumber, squash, melons, and beans from seed. Here's how to plant midsummer: For transplants, soak the pot thoroughly in a bucket of water until no bubbles rise; dig a hole, fill hole with the rest of the water, and plant the plant. Water well to settle soil. For seeds, hoe a trench an inch or two deep, and fill it with water; give seeds the proper spacing in single or wide rows, and cover with soil three times as deep as the seeds are wide.
July 4, 2016 |
You folks are amazing! Reader Jeanne Vasquez asked a few weeks ago about tankless water heaters. I asked you to tell us your experiences. I can run only a few of the 78 responses I received within the first 24 hours. Here are some: "We went tankless in our house a few years ago, when we had to replace our old water heater. "I think we would do it again. We've not had any problems with it, but there are a couple caveats. "Due to the location move (tankless is mounted near gas line/exhaust and wall)
July 2, 2016 |
Howard Neukrug, who retired as Philadelphia water commissioner at the end of 2015, is joining two University of Pennsylvania research centers on Friday as a senior fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year. Neukrug, who worked with the city for 37 years including five as the Water Department's chief executive, will jointly serve the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at PennDesign and the Fels Policy Research Initiative at the School of Arts and Sciences. A graduate of the university's civil and urban engineering program, Neukrug was an adjunct professor at Penn.
June 30, 2016
ISSUE | PHILA. DEVELOPMENT Diversity lost in One Water Street deal I thought the idea behind giving developers a zoning bonus allowing taller buildings in exchange for a certain number of affordable-housing units was to encourage people of various income levels to come in contact with each other. Such a policy would discourage isolated pockets of wealthy and low- and moderate-income families. The deal the city reached with PMC Property Group, builders of the 250-unit One Water Street apartment building on the Delaware waterfront, contributes to just the opposite ("Developer to pay for affordable housing," Saturday)
June 29, 2016 |
Federal officials say the drinking water in Horsham Township is safe, but with mounting concern over contaminated water and a lack of answers about long-term health effects, officials in the Montgomery County town vowed Monday night to take extra steps to make their water even safer. "We understand that people have lost confidence in our water supply," Township Councilman Gregory Nesbitt told dozens of residents at Monday's meeting, where the council considered actions beyond federal guidelines to reduce the contamination in drinking water to an undetectable amount.