PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Amid a steady flow of broken water main requests, the Philadelphia Water Department is temporarily turning to social media to take costumer service requests.
In the first 15 days of January, the Philadelphia Water Department has had 176 water main breaks, and is still working on 170 outstanding leak investigations.READ MORE: Family Holds Balloon Release For 'Gentle Soul' 17-Year-Old Nasir Muhammad, Gunned Down In Front Of Mom's Home
“Water emergencies either leaks in the street, or customer service lines that are broken, or vacant broken pipes, and the call wait time could be hours,” said John DiGiulio, spokesperson for the Philadelphia Water Department. “Unfortunately we reached a point in the call system where some calls were in the queue for so long that they sort of got lost and no one was even getting a call back.
“We opened up our social media to allow customers to begin communicating with us this way temporarily, at least until the phone systems are caught up with a wait time that is acceptable.”READ MORE: More Than 800 Baby Turtles Safe In Stockton University's Care Thanks To Quick Thinking, Little Innovation
“If they find us on Facebook at Philadelphia Water Department, or on Twitter @PhillyH2O, then they can report their problem to us,” DiGiulio explained.MORE NEWS: 'Mom-And-Pop Bakeries Are Dying': Homemade Goodies By Roz May Have To Close Due To Worker Shortage
These pages will be actively monitored between 9 A.M. and midnight, seven days a week, until further notice.