Water Department shares water main repair timeline with Center City businesses

Work could last until late November, early December.

Steve Tawa
July 30, 2018 - 1:27 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Water Department is providing more guidance to Midtown Village business owners on the repairs to the water main and streets around the massive July 3 water main break that flooded the heart of Center City. 

Contracts are going out to bid this week for the emergency work to repair the 1920s-era 48-inch cast-iron water main at Juniper and Sansom Streets. Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio says work relaying the water main and repairing the sewer should be started within the next 10 days or so.

"All told, that will take us to early October," DiGiulio said. "From that point, we would turn that location over to our partner utilities — PECO, PGW, Verizon and any number of others that have infrastructure there."

After the utilties complete their work, the street will be repaved and restored.

"We're hoping to be done as quickly as possible, but it looks like it may take until the end of November, the beginning of December," DiGiulio said.

Only a few businesses remain closed, notably Time, the whiskey bar, and Opa, the Greek restaurant. But most businesses are looking for customers to return.

"If you enjoyed you lunch from Bill's, they're open," he said. "If you got your hair cut at Salon Ricochet, they're open."

The city of Philadelphia's Office of Risk Management is handling claims from the affected businesses, and the Water Department is looking to help them obtain Small Business Administration loans.