Join us at the Science Fest this Weekend and Celebrate 5 Years of Green City, Clean Waters!

 How Do You Play a Part in the Green City, Clean Waters Plan for the Future? Find Out at Science Fest!

Students filled out cards that let them tell their Green City, Clean Waters story on Earth Day. You can take part and tell your story at Science Fest! Credit: Philadelphia WaterStudents filled out cards that let them tell their Green City, Clean Waters story on Earth Day. You can take part and tell your story at Science Fest! Credit: Philadelphia Water

This Saturday, Philadelphia Water will be celebrating the fifth year of Philly’s revolutionary 25-year Green City, Clean Waters program at the Franklin Institute Science Carnival, part of this year’s Philadelphia Science Festival.

As it happens, the event will be at Penn’s Landing along the banks of the Delaware River, one of the waterways that will benefit the most as Green City, Clean Waters continues to grow over the next 20 years.

Saturday: Get Rid of Old Meds the Smart Way


Image Source: DEA

Have prescription drugs you need to get rid of, Philly?

People with unwanted or expired prescriptions often want to get rid them to avoid abuse or keep them away from children. Simply tossing drugs in the trash, however, can be problematic.

In the past, that dilemma caused many people to flush drugs down the toilet or wash them down the drain. More and more people today realize that doing so can have negative impacts on our waterways and the aquatic life that lives there.

Luckily for those who care about our water, locations across our region will be collecting old drugs for safe disposal this Saturday.

On Earth Day, Think About How a Water Utility Can Help Our Planet

Philadelphia Water works to protect our rivers and planet in a number of ways. Clockwise from top left: Solar panels at our Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant; a Green City, Clean Waters tree trench in East Falls; part of our Biogas Cogeneration system at the Northeast WPCP; Philadelphia Water volunteers at a March 2016 Bartram’s Garden cleanup that removed 12,927 pounds of trash from the Schuylkill River’s banks.
Philadelphia Water works to protect our rivers and planet in a number of ways. Clockwise from top left: Solar panels at our Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant; a Green City, Clean Waters tree trench in East Falls; part of our Biogas Cogeneration system; Philadelphia Water volunteers at a March 2016 Bartram’s Garden cleanup that removed 12,927 pounds of trash from the Schuylkill River’s banks.

While Philadelphia Water’s core mission is to provide our 1.7 million customers with constant access to safe, clean drinking water, a big part of doing that job involves protecting and improving our local rivers and creeks.

After all, providing top quality drinking water is a lot easier when you take care of your source water.

That simple fact makes Philadelphia Water, in many ways, an environmental institution.

Upcoming Community Meetings for Green City, Clean Waters Projects in Lawncrest and East Poplar

A map showing improvements to be presented at the April 28 Lawncrest meeting. Credit: Philadelphia Water
A map showing improvements to be presented at the April 28 Lawncrest meeting. Credit: Philadelphia Water

Residents are invited to join Philadelphia Water representatives on Thursday, April 28 at the Philadelphia Protestant Home Social Hall, 6401 Martins Mill Rd. to learn more about important stormwater improvements proposed for streets near the Har Nebo Cemetery and the Philadelphia Protestant Home. The meeting and presentation will start at 6:30 p.m.

These projects are part of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program. Read our earlier blog about all of the green stormwater improvements planned for the Lawncrest area here: Lawncrest Residents Get Update on One of Philly’s Biggest Green Projects Yet

The April 28 meeting will focus on green infrastructure investments planned for the following streets:

• Martins Mill Rd. between Hellerman Street and Tabor Ave.

• Martins Mill Rd. between Tabor Ave. and Levick Street

• Levick Street between Martins Mill Rd. and Montour Street

• Devereaux Ave. between Trotter Street and Summerdale Ave.

• Devereaux Ave. between Algon Ave. and Langdon Street

• Devereaux Ave. between Algon Ave and Langdon Ave.

• Algon Ave from Deveraeux Ave. to Oxford Ave.

• Oxford Ave. from Devereaux Ave to Benner St.

The purposed of the meeting is to provide a summary of improvements planned for these streets, and residents are invited to provide feedback on proposed designs. Representatives of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek Watershed Partnership will also be present to discuss the importance of protecting local waterways from stormwater pollution.

For more information about these Green City, Clean Waters improvements, contact Philadelphia Water Outreach Specialist Hailey Stern at Hailey Stern@phila.gov. Click here to see a meeting flyer that you can share with neighbors.

East Poplar Green Infrastructure Meeting

Philadelphia Water representatives will also be hosting a meeting about Green City, Clean Waters investments in the East Poplar neighborhood on April 28. (You can read about the proposed work here.)

Meeting details:

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Meeting

Location: East Poplar Recreation Center, 820 N. 8th Street

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the projects and provide feedback on proposed designs. For more information, contact Maggie Dunn at maggie.dunn@phila.gov or call 215-971-6151. Click here to see a meeting flyer that you can share with neighbors.

We look forward to seeing you!

Cleaner Streets = Cleaner Rivers and Creeks

With more than 900 projects scattered across the city, this Saturday’s Philly Spring Cleanup was the largest ever—and that’s a pretty big deal considering this volunteer-driven event has already been praised as “America’s biggest single-day urban cleanup” for years now.

First held in 2007, Philly Spring Cleanup has grown into a movement that brings neighbors together by harnessing a passion for litter-free communities. From a watershed protection perspective, we love seeing that passion transformed into action because so much of the litter and trash collected from streets, parks and empty lots on Saturday would eventually wash into Philly’s rivers and creeks.

While the 2016 results haven’t been tallied yet, last year’s cleanup (featuring 718 projects) netted 836,100 pounds of trash, 104,260 pounds of tires and 107,580 pounds of recyclables—all stuff that could very well have ended up in our water.

Planting Day Crowns Project to Improve School with Green Infrastructure, SMIP Grant

Trees, permeable pavement and a rain garden all make the Lea schoolyard a better place for kids and Philadelphia’s waterways. Credit: West Philadelphia Coalition for Neighborhood Schools
Trees, permeable pavement and a rain garden all make the Lea schoolyard a better place for kids and Philadelphia’s waterways. Credit: WPCNS

Since 2012, Philadelphia Water has worked with members of the Lea Elementary School community and a number of partners to redesign their schoolyard and the surrounding area in a way that benefits the students, the neighborhood and our local waterways.

Written Comments on Rate Change Due April 18!


Click the image for a full breakdown of the proposed rate change. Credit: Philadelphia Water 

The final Public Input Hearing for our proposed 2016-2017 rate increase was held at City Hall on April 7, 2016. If you were unable to attend one of the five public hearings, you can still submit comments by contacting the Philadelphia Water, Sewer, and Stormwater Rate Board, an independent board created by voters to set water rates.

Written comments must be submitted by April 18.

This Sunday, Run for Healthy Urban Streams


Click the image to sign up for the Healthy Trails 5K now!

 

Are you a runner/hiker who cares about the health of our urban parks and waterways?

Sign up now for the Healthy Trails 5K, a Philadelphia Water-sponsored event that’s helping to raise funds for the TTF Watershed Partnership, one of our key community partners.