June 27, 2016 |
It's frustrating enough for water company workers to try to find an underground pipe with only a century-old handwritten piece of paper for reference. And sometimes, that slip of paper uses nonexistent landmarks - which house is it in front of? None of these houses is yellow anymore, and the writing is faded, or sloppy, or the drawing is crudely sketched. "And then you dig there - no, it's not there. And then you dig here - it's not here," said Chris Kahn, senior geographic information systems project manager for New Jersey American Water.
June 26, 2016 |
Responding to a request from Mayor Kenney, the luxury housing developer that reneged on a commitment to include affordable units at One Water Street has agreed to a settlement that channels $3.75 million into Philadelphia's Housing Trust Fund, according to Karen Guss, an administration spokeswoman. The deal, brokered late this week by what Guss called "senior administration officials," means that the developer, PMC Property Group, will be able to immediately start moving tenants into the sleek, contemporary 16-story apartment house on the Delaware waterfront.
June 25, 2016 |
Yuengling brewery has agreed to settle violations of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. In a consent decree filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania brewery - America's oldest - agreed to spend about $7 million to improve environmental measures and pay a $2.8 million penalty. Federal authorities said D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., based in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, violated Clean Water Act requirements for companies that discharge industrial waste to municipal publicly owned wastewater-treatment facilities.
June 23, 2016 |
The state Department of Environmental Protection is trying to determine the source of an unacceptable level of contamination found in drinking water in Doylestown, officials said Tuesday. A public drinking well along Easton Road in the Cross Keys area was shut down last month after inspectors found levels of perfluorinated compounds higher than newly announced federal standards. Public drinking water there is now safe, officials said. But they are trying to identify how the well became contaminated with PFOS and PFOA.
June 21, 2016 |
Five years ago this month, Philadelphia embarked on a comprehensive, innovative program that established the city as a national leader in environmental protection, storm-water management, and infrastructure improvements. Green City, Clean Waters is the city's 25-year plan to reduce storm-water pollution and protect our waterways by using primarily environmentally friendly infrastructure to mitigate problems related to runoff. In cities like Philadelphia, with vast areas of paved and impermeable surfaces, this is a huge problem.
June 20, 2016 |
As lawmakers demanded answers this spring about water contamination in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Paul Lutz began chemotherapy. Lutz does not live in the area with the tainted drinking water, which came from chemicals used on naval air bases. But he worked at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station as a flight engineer. Now 44 and retired from the military, he has multiple myeloma. As water contamination near the base attracts scrutiny, Lutz and others who worked there wonder: What about us?
June 20, 2016 |
When the planes burned, the kids would come out. Hope Grosse and her siblings would run down their Warminster street and rubberneck amid shrieking sirens. They would watch Navy firefighters shoot a dense white foam from hoses, smothering the flames that leapt up from the fenced-off lot. When the blackened plane was cool, the children would climb the fence and jump into the burned-out cockpit, pretending to be pilots, Grosse recounted. The plane, and the field where the Navy conducted drills, was also a playground for the Kirk Road kids back in the 1970s and '80s.
June 19, 2016 |
How should the developer of a luxury apartment complex compensate the city for reneging on an agreement to set aside 25 apartments for low-income Philadelphians? City housing advocates think the only fair solution is for PMC Property Group to pay a penalty to Philadelphia's Housing Trust Fund, to the tune of $5 million, for breaking the agreement, which earned its apartment project a 48-foot height bonus. The developer has other ideas. This week, PMC submitted what is effectively a new zoning application for One Water Street, a 16-story apartment building on the Delaware riverfront, next to the Ben Franklin Bridge.
June 18, 2016 |
Aqua America Inc., the Bryn Mawr water utility, has hired a 20-year veteran of the Philadelphia Water Department as its chief environmental officer. Christopher S. Crockett, the department's deputy commissioner, will be responsible for overseeing water quality and environmental compliance for all Aqua America's drinking water and wastewater systems in eight states. He will also manage Aqua's in-house laboratory and the company's water-quality services and water-resources engineering departments.
June 13, 2016
Remember when a water bottle was just a bottle of water, its sole job to hold that water, ideally in partnership with a leakproof cap? Today, the water bottle biz is awash with newfangled vessels flashing features competing for your mouth and money. Which brings us to the big, bright BPA-free hard plastic "hydration" bottles from Fifty Strong. Among the 10 specialized styles, a standout is the 30-ounce Gym Bottle, which has a pink or green rubber sleeve with an integrated credit-card-size pocket that stretches just enough to discretely hold some cash, a key, an ID. The airtight screw-on top comes with either a swivel-up plastic sip nozzle or a wider flip-open "chug" cap. Then there's the Tornado Mixer, which comes with a spiral hard plastic insert designed to create a "cyclonic mixing action" for protein powders, meal replacement shakes, and water flavorings when shaken.