Inside Philly’s 4-Million Gallon Underground Stormwater Tank


Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

The concrete storm water cathederal beneath Venice Island | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

  • Take a look inside the new and improved Venice Island’s “less flashy” feature: the 4-million gallon underground sewage and stormwater storage tank, the necessary driving force behind the entire $46 million utility-and-recreation endeavor to begin with. NewsWorks notes that the tank is “a colossal room of concrete, 25 feet deep and the size of a football field, with concrete pillars running its length.” Water Department engineer Jim Giffear explains that the tank has already been operational for a year and has been used a handful of times to temporarily hold excess stormwater until it can be released upon lower tides.
  • At Next City, Emma Jacobs analyzes the state of the current Philadelphia residential construction boom, which will likely see at least a 500% increase new units this year compared to 2012. Yet this is Philly, normatively a city of subdued economic optimism. Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger and Center City District CEO Paul Levy both seem confident in the new numbers’ constancy though. Weighing the promise of the urban-inclined millennial generation, experts don’t see demand going anywhere soon.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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