The Stormwater Pioneers program recognizes the best in stormwater management on private property. The selected projects demonstrate innovation, excellence, the ability to overcome technical challenges and a true dedication by the property owners, developers and designers to improving the environment and reducing stormwater runoff.
More and more Philadelphia businesses are using green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff on their properties. Whether required by PWD regulations or encouraged through incentives, private property owners recognize the important role they play in reducing pollution in our streams when it rains. They are also setting a higher bar with excellent, cost-effective designs.
The second Stormwater Pioneer, named in November 2015 is Popi's Italian Restaurant.
Gina Rucci, co-owner of Popi’s, received over $90,000 in grant money from Philadelphia Water to install two rain gardens that beautify the neighborhood and protect the environment by keeping polluted runoff out of city sewers. As a result, she will save money on her water bill and Philadelphia will have a cleaner river – it’s a win-win for Popi’s and the City – and something that many small businesses can replicate.
Read the Popi's Restaurant Case Study for more information.
The first Stormwater Pioneer is Stanley’s True Value Hardware, which has operated as a family-run business in Roxborough for 66 years. After decades of working in a cramped store, brothers Mark and Joseph Jaconski decided to build a new store on their current site . The construction required the brothers to meet PWD’s Stormwater Regulations, which they did through a comprehensive design using a beautiful rain garden and two underground infiltration basins which capture runoff and store it for slow release.
Read the Stanley's Hardware Case Study for more information about the site.
Stormwater Resources and Information
The Philadelphia Water Department manages stormwater by building and maintaining public stormwater infrastructure and by regulating private development in the city. here are some key concepts that inform our planning and solutions:
- What is stormwater?
- PWD offers Stormwater Grants for many non-residential properties.
- Development projects in Philadelphia also have to manage stormwater and submit plans to PWD Plan Review.
- Stormwater management is the core of PWD's Green City, Clean Waters program.