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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

At some Philly homes, toilets get flushed into the city's drinking water source. The underground detectives are on the case

Two weeks ago, Joe Ferretti, a Philadelphia Water Department supervisor, pried open a manhole cover next to a scenic Schuylkill River bank, flicked on a flashlight, and peered down.

Ferretti saw evidence that sewage was flowing freely into the river at a stone outfall known as S050204.

In some Philadelphia homes, human waste, shower water, dirty dish grease, and other stuff that belongs in the sanitary sewer system is going down the wrong pipe, sending it to waterways that feed the Delaware River — the city’s primary source of drinking water. The city does filter and treat the water it draws from the river, so drinking water would not be contaminated. However, sewage in the river could pose a threat to people who swim in it.



Anonymous said...

Gee, just like it was 300 years ago!

Anonymous said...

Get what you don't pay for.

Anonymous said...

Just like SBY wwtp.

Anonymous said...

No one swims in the Schuylkill River down stream of Philadelphia.

lmclain said...

YOU pour a gallon of gasoline off the pier and the police show up in force to haul you off to jail.
City administrators flush millions of gallons of raw sewage into public waterways and , and....uh, and....okay, NO ONE goes to jail.
Two Sets of Laws.

Keep cheering.

Anonymous said...

8:29 PM - not only does no one go to jail, but the taxpayers have to foot the bill for the heavy fines that are laid on the city by the state.

And then the city doubles your water and sewer bills.

Anonymous said...

They don't call it Filthadelphia for nothing!