Uncover the Green Design Competition Officially Kicks Off!

Students, it's your turn to leave your mark on Philadelphia! Help the Water Department raise awareness about the new tools in our neighborhoods and inspire residents to uncover the benefits of green stormwater infrastructure.

The Philadelphia Water Department is hosting a design competition, Uncover the Green, for undergraduate and graduate students. The goal of the competition is to create an eye-catching medallion that helps mark Philadelphia’s new green stormwater tools, which soak up rainwater as it runs off of streets and sidewalks throughout the City. Furthermore, Uncover the Green also focuses on Philadelphia’s traditional water infrastructure (such as sewers); the vast network of pipes underground is critical in ensuring the success of the above ground green stormwater tools. So while we’re uncovering designs for the green tools above ground, we are challenging competition participants to delve deeper by producing a second design for new manhole covers too!

The winning designs for a green tool medallion and accompanying manhole cover will be placed on sidewalks and streets throughout the City for decades!

Uncover the Green is open exclusively to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at Philadelphia based colleges & universities.

All entries must be submitted by March 28, 2014 by 5:00pm!

Find more information on the Uncover the Green: Medallions and Manholes competition.

Milling Around Tours at Fairmount Water Works

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Photo Credits: Bradley Maule

The Fairmount Water Works is opening up their historic Kelly Pool area for tours! Come join the Water Department on a hard hat tour that takes you below the streets to the Kelly Pool area. Eye-level with the Schuylkill, you’ll walk the same underground paths as a royal family and Olympic swimmers during a behind-the-scenes look at Philadelphia’s first tourist destination and hear about the future expansion of the landmark that pioneered engineering, tourism, and environmental awareness in Philadelphia.

Visitors will also experience the Water Works’ new music and light installation provided by the Blair Brothers and Luce Group. This is where “Tributaries” was recently performed to a sold-out crowd.

The “Milling Around” tours will be provided every Sunday at 2:00pm. Although the tour is free, reservations are required due to high demand. Please note that this is a hard-hat tour, and may not be accessible for all of our visitors.

Don’t miss out on this exciting walk through Philadelphia’s history, reserve your tickets now!

All the Places We’ve Been!

Did you receive our exciting December newsletter? If not, here is a version for download. For those of you who missed it, we highlighted some of our exciting events, including our newest Spokesdog winners, Sophie and Josie, and PWD’s involvement in Greenbuild – one of the biggest, greenest conventions to have ever hit Philadelphia.

Our newsletter also details some of our upcoming events in 2014, like our Medallion Design Competition, and the next Green City, Clean Waters information session.

To sign up for future newsletters click here and be sure to check off “Green City Clean Waters.”

Help the Water Department Uncover the Green!

Calling all college students for our upcoming design competition! We need creative minds to help us capture Philadelphia’s vision for cleaner waterways and greener neighborhoods! Our new Uncover the Green competition focuses on both new and existing infrastructure. The goal of the competition is to create an eye-catching medallion marker that helps brand Philadelphia’s new green stormwater tools, which soak up rainwater as it runs off of sidewalks and streets throughout the City. But that’s not all! We are challenging our competition participants to delve deeper by producing a second design for new manhole covers! The winning designs for a green tool medallion and accompanying manhole cover will be placed on sidewalks and streets throughout the City for decades! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to leave your mark on Philadelphia!

Participation in the competition is free and open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Philadelphia based colleges and universities.

Stayed tuned! More information will follow with our official competition launch in January!

Family Holiday Pop-Up Activities

Trying to find something exciting for the family during the holidays? Look no further! The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center will have family holiday pop-up activities starting this weekend!

Participants will explore the different properties of water, including the states of matter, and participate in an activity to make their own snow globes to take home.

The Holiday Pop-Up Activities will take place on December 21, 24, 26, and 27 from 10am to noon and from 2pm-4pm.

Times are subject to change. Please call 215-685-0723 to confirm the timing.

Construction of the Valley Green Parking Lot is Almost Complete!

Photo Credits: Friends of Wissahickon

After months of construction, the Valley Green stormwater mitigation and sediment reduction project is nearing completion! This restoration project will improve water quality in Wissahickon Creek by helping to meet the EPA’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements for sedimentation, improving parking conditions, and restoring native vegetation to the area.

Upon completion, the project will stabilize 350 feet of stream adjacent to the Valley Green Inn parking area through the installation of rock steps designed to disperse high energy flows of stormwater.

This project was made possible by collaboration between the Friends of the Wissahickon, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Philadelphia Water Department.

The Water Works presents... TRIBUTARIES: A Modern Cantata

Photo Credits: Tirzah Blair

The Fairmount Water Works is having an enchanting musical performance by the TRIBUTARIES at the Water Works’ historical New Mill House this Saturday, December 14th at 4pm!

Captured in the tradition of American tonal concert music, “TRIBUTARIES: A Modern Cantata”, explores man’s biological and technological dependence on water, as well as the many life enabling and yet threatening powers of water. From the perspective of three of Eastern Pennsylvania’s many tributaries, each of which converge into the Schuylkill River, the audience is immersed in water and the life and times of nearby inhabitants, through a unique and site-specific musical performance.

The act features solo and ensemble performances from some of Philadelphia’s brightest vocal talent and an octet of diverse musicians. Craig Hendrix, composer, conductor and founder of The Agave Opera Company collaborates with film composers Brooke and Will Blair and Habithèque Inc. to bring the TRIBUTARIES to life!

Click here
for more information!

Hike Through Cresheim Valley!

Photo Credit: PhillyMap

This weekend, Friends of Wissahickon (FOW) is leading a hike through the Cresheim Valley Gorge. This trail follows the Cresheim Creek,which has carved quite a valley over the millennia in its path to join the Wissahickon. Join this expedition to learn more about one of the stream’s largest tributaries, and to get a chance to see massive rocks, outcrops, historic trees, houses perched high above, interesting ruins and the under carriage of the McCallum Street Bridge.

Registration is free and recommended in case of cancellations due to bad weather. However, walk ins are welcome to participate.

To register and find more information, click here.

Upcoming: Green City, Clean Waters Info. Session

Do you have questions or concerns about Philadelphia Water’s GSI projects? Want to know more about Green City, Clean Waters or learn more about some of our potential projects?

Philadelphia Water Department’s monthly information sessions are a great opportunity to get updates, provide feedback and have your questions answered.
The next information session will be on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 6pm to 7pm in the Municipal Services Building located at 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor, Room C.

Please remember to RSVP to ensure that we have information about what’s going on in your community.

Congratulations to Our Very Own Philadelphia River Rats!

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Five of the Philadelphia Water Department’s wastewater team members headed out on the road to Chicago to show off their skills and commitment to operational excellence this past October!

This year, The Water Environment Federation held its annual Technical Exhibition and Conference in Chicago. As part of the event, an “Operations Challenge” took place where 31 teams from the US and Canada, including our very own “Philadelphia River Rats,” competed for speed and accuracy in operational skills like laboratory analyses, sewer pipe maintenance, process control, pump maintenance and crew member rescue. Each test measured the diverse skills required for the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities, their collection systems, and laboratories.

Congratulations to our PWD team!

To see photos from the event, check out the slideshow below.

Learn more about the WEF Operations Challenge.

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