Philadelphia Water Department: Use social media to report water main breaks

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Officials: Report Philly water main breaks on social media. Matt O'Donnell reports during Action News Mornings on January 18, 2018. (WPVI)

The Philadelphia Water Department says it is still working around the clock to repair water main breaks across the city.

Officials want to thank their customers' patience while turning to social media to help.

The Water Department says there were 176 water main breaks in the first 15 days of the year - that is an average of more than 11 per day.

It says the call centers are overwhelmed, with an average wait time of two hours.

The utility wants customers to use Twitter or Facebook to send them direct messages about breaks.

The department plans to monitor its social accounts seven days a week from 9 a.m. to midnight.


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