River Conservation Plan
The River Conservation Plan for the Schuylkill River watershed has been produced through a partnership between The Conservation Fund, Natural Lands Trust and the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences. It is designed to be a guidebook for municipalities, conservation groups, and citizens interested in taking steps to enhance the long-term health of the Schuylkill River watershed.
Download Entire Plan (1.81 MB)
Green Guide for Property Management
The Green Guide for Property Management provides some suggestions and ideas for large property owners to reduce stormwater pollution from their properties by implementing innovative green projects.
Source Water Assessments
Completed in 2002, the Schuylkill River Source Water Assessment (SWA) was created in response to the 1996 SDWA Amendments, which call for the assessment of all source water supplies across the U.S. to identify potential sources of contamination. PWD, along with its project partners, conducted a watershed-based, multi-phase assessment that identified and prioritized potential and existing sources of contamination and evaluated the vulnerability of the water supply to these contaminant sources.
The Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP), completed in 2006, establishes a set of priority actions to address threats to the water supply identified during the assessment phase. The plan’s recommended actions items are based upon a holistic watershed approach that recognizes the interconnectedness between source water protection concerns, upstream land and water use, and the need to maintain a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Upon completion of the protection plan, PWD became one of the first water suppliers in the state to meet all steps outlines in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PADEP) minimum criteria for Source Water Protection Program.
Schuylkill Protection Plan (34.3 MB)
Every year PWD publishes an annual drinking water quality report. The report is mailed to every resident in the city and contains a wealth of information regarding the source, safety and contents of the City’s drinking water, as well as Philadelphia’s source water protection efforts.
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