Water quality changes rapidly in an urban environment. Monitoring technology helps us make better decisions and communicate with the public in a timely fashion.
The purpose of the CSOcast notification system is to alert the public of possible Combined Sewer Overflows from Philadelphia’s combined sewer system outfalls.
The Philly RiverCast is a forecast of water quality that predicts potential levels of pathogens in the Schuylkill River between Flat Rock Dam and Fairmount Dam (i.e., between Manayunk and Boathouse Row).
PWD/USGS Cooperative Water Resources Monitoring Program
View detailed water quality information about Philadelphia's streams in the PWD/USGS Cooperative Program. This monitoring network is equipped with both water-quantity (water discharge and stage) and water-quality (pH, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen (DO), temperature, and turbidity) measurement equipment that reports data in near real time (within hours).
Links to Other Agencies
Primary USGS Water Resources website. This system contains real time data as well as summarized historic streamflow and water quality data for the nation. Real time water quality data are organized by state and are available for the past 120 days.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA provides daily weather forecasts, warnings of severe weather conditions and climate monitoring, among many other services.