The History of Philadelphia’s Watersheds and Sewers

Many interesting reports, articles and images can be found at “Archives” including some of the earliest reports of the Philadelphia Water Department, dating to 1799, and a collection of 19th century documents on the pollution of the Schuylkill River, then as now a major water source. A growing collection of graphic documents can be found at “Maps” including maps of the past and present water and sewer system, maps and plans of Philadelphia, and other material that will reveal some of the aspects of the City that have been transformed over the past 300 years. Information about me, Webmaster and Sewermeister, can be found at “Adam Levine” where I also describe in an informal resume some of my related activities, including a variety of lectures, archives management, historical consulting and research, and guided tours of PWD facilities. The story that got me started down the drain, so to speak, is told at “Down Under” I hope you take time to read this story and explore the entire site, to delve deep under its surface as I once delved under the surface of the city when I suited up and took an hour-long walk in a Philadelphia sewer. ((29 JAN 2011))

http://www.phillyh2o.org/

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http://www.oldnewark.com/histories/sewer.htm

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http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/3297.html

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http://phlush.org/portlandtoilets/sanitation-history-in-portland-and-beyond/

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http://www.sewerhistory.org/

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/combined_sewer

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http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/sewage

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http://www.cityofmuskogee.com/shell.asp?pg=114

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http://www.baldwincountysewer.com/septicvssewer.php

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http://www.uibk.ac.at/umwelttechnik/teaching/phd/diss_detoffol.pdf

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https://gheorghe47.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/city-sewer-overflows-reported/

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https://gheorghe47.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/ticking-landfills-a-dirty-little-forgotten-secret/

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