Philadelphia

Water Main Break Sends Water Gushing Near Rittenhouse Square; Impacts High-Rises

A 12-inch main broke Wednesday morning at 18th and Rittenhouse streets, sending water onto the street.

A water main break caused water to gush onto streets surrounding Philadelphia’s popular Rittenhouse Square Wednesday morning, causing water to be shut off to homes and businesses.

The break at 18th Street and Rittenhouse around 6:15 caused some water to flow by Barclay Prime restaurant and toward Locust Street near Parc Restaurant, NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal reported. Despite the break, Parc was able to open for breakfast and Barclay Prime planned to open on time for dinner service at 5, Starr Restaurants said.

The break in the 12-inch main also caused water to be shut off to two nearby high-rise residences and four commercial properties, Philadelphia Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio said.

Water department crews were on the scene around 7:30 a.m., getting the water to slow down. 

The water department later close 18th Street as they began repairs on the broken main.

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