Water pouring from the Fairmount SEPTA station is even worse

Three years ago this month I wrote about water seen streaming in from the ceiling of the Fairmount SEPTA station, on the Southbound platform. Since then, it's gotten a lot worse. I was fairly shocked to see how bad it was this morning. This time, I made a video. You get a good gush of water in the video, toward the end.

If you look at the photo in the post I linked above, it's not nearly so bad. Just a serious leak. This video shows that whatever is failing to seal water out has gotten much, much worse.

I don't know who's responsible for this. It's a SEPTA station but I know SEPTA is only a tenant and the city owns the stations. How does this work? It just seems like if this were a first class city, someone would hop on fixing such a structural issue. No one has done anything in three years, as far as I can tell, and it's just worse.

Since it is City property, maybe it's intentional? Maybe this is one of the ways the City is working to reroute stormwater out of the Combined Sewage System? One more part of the Green Cities, Clean Waters project? SEPTA tunnels can double as stormwater channels? Perhaps?

If that's the case, at least have the decency to divert the flow off the platform, you know?

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Sent this post

Sent this post to a colleague at SEPTA who will try to move it up the ladder.

apparently it was a clogged drain...

... and it's been fixed. I just don't understand how no one looked into it before reporters started calling. It kind of bums me out. Workers and riders were seeing this every day for like... a while. How did they make the decision to drop it down off the list?

Anyway, way to go Ben Waxman and the Daily News for getting this patched up.

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This video made it onto the Fox Local news

Check it out! My ugly mug and everything.

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Eat The Babies! A Tuesday and Friday Webcomic. Don't blame me; it was Jonathan Swift's idea.
This Too Will Pass, the Brady Blog

Great job getting attention

Great job getting attention to this so effectively! If only we could do the same about the Marcellus Shale and fracking.

I wouldn't put this past the frackers...

From here

For some more substance on the wastewater recycling issue, the NYT did a great job.

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Eat The Babies! A Tuesday and Friday Webcomic. Don't blame me; it was Jonathan Swift's idea.
This Too Will Pass, the Brady Blog

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