11 February 2011

redirecting the water supply onto the streets

38th and Woodlands Walk. UPenn, just east of West PHL.

What happens when water infrastructures fail? In this case, late this morning, 38th St turns into a small river, traffic stops flowing, and everyone stops to watch. Apparently a 20 inch water main broke. All this water diverted out of the Schuylkill River to supply Philadelphia with drinking water, filtered for potability, now returning to the Schuylkill. Note in the foreground of both pictures all the gravel--the water flowing out of the broken main has effectively formed a small, curbside beach for the time being.

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