Crash Data & Oodles of Water Data Released for Sustainability Hackathon

Ten new data sets and three data refreshes have all been released just in time for the Apps for Philly Sustainability event this weekend. Many data sets come from the Philadelphia Water Department, highlighting the department’s work in Green Stormwater Infrastructure along with locations of infrastructure and information about rainfall.

Water Department

  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure ProjectsGreen City, Clean Waters is Philadelphia’s 25-year plan to protect and enhance our watersheds by managing stormwater with green infrastructure.
  • Green Infrastructure Completed Projects – Locations of completed Green Stormwater projects.
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure SoakItUp Adoption Sites – Locations of infrastructure being partially maintained by neighbors through the SoakItUp Program.
  • Dams – Locations of dams throughout Philadelphia.
  • Outfalls – Locations where water flows out from the city’s system.
  • PWD Monitoring LocationsLocations where PWD has conducted surface sampling and other types of stream assessments.
  • Customer Calls by Disposition – The types of calls received by the Water Department and how many of each type were received each month for the last year.
  • Rain Gauge Network – Location and attributes of Rain Gauges throughout the City where Rainfall is measured.
  • Rain Check Installation SitesRain Check is a Philadelphia Water program that helps residents manage stormwater at their homes. Participants can get a free rain barrel and/or get a downspout planter, rain garden or porous paving installed at a reduced price.
  • Rain Barrels (Data Refreshed) – Rain Barrels installed under PWD’s Rain Barrel Workshop and Installation program, which ran from 2006 to 2015.
  • Grants Disbursed (Data Refreshed) – Recipients, award amounts, and project sites for grant money disbursed by the Philadelphia Water Department for the Stormwater Management Incentive Program, Soak It Up!, the Green Acre Program, and Business Incentive Program.

Streets Department

  • Crash Data – point data generalized to the street segment mid-point or closest intersection for the years 2011 through 2014 with information detailing the severity of the crash and more.

Also newly released is the 2014 Energy Benchmarking data for City Owned Buildings from the Energy Office, along with Activities Data from the Department of Parks & Recreation.

You can use these data sets and more this weekend at Apps for Philly Sustainability, an unconference and hackathon organized by Code for Philly. The event kicks off with an “unconference,” where attendees can pitch their own sessions and City of Philadelphia representatives will host a session about the Crash Data release. Following that is a community needs assessment and a hackathon, where technologists, community organizers, and sustainability enthusiasts come together for a weekend-long rapid prototyping session around the ideas generated at the community needs assessment. Code for Philly’s schedule outlines the full three-day event.

For more information about these data sets and more, go to To sign up for the event, visit

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