Stormwater Grant Seminar July 21
Jun 21, 2014
PWD’s new Greened Acre Retrofit Program (GARP) provides grants to companies or project aggregators who can assemble large areas for stormwater management projects. Join the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) on Monday, July 21st from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at 1101 Market Street to learn more about the newly launched GARP Grant. RSVP and more information through Eventbrite
Stormwater Grants Awarded
May 30, 2014
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) have awarded $3.5 million in grants
to promote green stormwater management practices in a highly competitive selection process. Launched in January 2012, the Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP) is a grant program designed to be a catalyst for transforming large, commercial impervious properties that generate high volumes of stormwater runoff and burden the City’s sewer system and waterways into properties that build and maintain green stormwater management practices. These practices include rain gardens, vegetated infiltration basins, porous asphalt, and green roofs.
The winning projects include LaSalle University, Dependable Distribution Services, Revolutionary Recovery, Case Paper, Newman Paper Company, Jomar Textiles, Morton McMichael School, Aspira-Antonia Pantoja Charter School, Yards Brewing, The Enterprise Center, Grace Epiphany Church, Litworx and Prodigy Day Care, and Roxborough Baptist Church.
PWD and PP&R Staff Honored with Watersheds Milestones Award
May 13, 2014
The Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) will recognize two City of Philadelphia employees at the third annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception on Wednesday, May 21.
Working together, the team of Rick Howley, Environmental Engineer with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and Rob Armstrong, Preservation and Capital Projects Manager with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR), has made a significant impact on improving Tacony Creek Park access and health. Rick leads PWD’s stream restoration efforts and Rob leads PPR’s trail and gateway initiative.
Rick and Rob are valuable sources of information and expertise, enabling the City to communicate effectively with park neighbors and stakeholder. As a team, they garner support for the park and ensure that stream and trail design respects both the park environment and public concerns. Their partnership demonstrates that it is critical that City agencies work together – through the land and water partnership — to make Tacony Creek Park a community and natural destination.
Event tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite
PWD's GreenSTEM Network featured in the City Paper
Apr 17, 2014
PWD's GreenSTEM Network is featured in this week’s Philadelphia City Paper. GreenSTEM is an initiative that engages Philadelphia school students with Green Infrastructure to enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Read the story
Region's Business Highlights PWD Energy Initiatives
Apr 07, 2014
The Philadelphia Water Department is recognized for our work to reduce energy consumption and generate renewable energy in a recent article on Region’s Business Journal
Spokesdog competition now open for registration
Mar 17, 2014
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Water Department is giving dog owners in Juniata and Lower Moyamensing the chance to win celebrity status and $200 in prizes. Residents can now enter the Philly Water’s Best Friend Spokesdog Competition
, now in its fourth year.
The purpose of the PWD’s spokesdog contest is to keep waterways clean by encouraging dog walkers to pick up their pets’ waste. Winners do this by attending two or more neighborhood events, handing out flyers, and giving away free dog-waste bags.
“Believe it or not, dog poop can kill because it fuels the growth of fish-killing algae,” said Joanne Dahme, general manager of public affairs at the PWD. “This happens when rain or snow carries it into sewers, which can overflow into waterways.”
Lisa Wool of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
echoed Dahme’s concern, saying, “We love our dogs and enjoy taking them to our favorite neighborhoods, parks and streets, but those that don’t pick up ruin it for everyone. Dog waste has a ton of bacteria that we don’t want on the bottom of our shoes or washing off into local waterways or sewers, which empty into nearby streams.”
Records indicate almost 1,000 registered dogs live in Juniata and Lower Moyamensing. This means that residents must pick up almost 75 tons of dog waste every year. And this does not include unregistered dogs.
Studies differ on how much dog waste offenders leave on the ground. However, a conservative estimate puts it at 15% or, in this case, over 11 tons a year. This can cause a considerable stink given how dog waste takes up to a year to degrade. During that time it can spread bacteria, parasites, and ill will.
The deadline to enter the Philly Water’s Best Friend Spokesdog Competition is May 15. Dog owners can enter online at PhillyWatersheds.org
Voters will select the finalists during an online vote on June 1 to July 31. Since 2011, dog lovers have cast more than 30,000 votes for over 150 spokesdog candidates representing six Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Sponsors of this program include: the Philadelphia Water Department, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Juniata Action Committee, and the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association.
Cold Weather Tips
Feb 20, 2014
Cold weather can create problems for your home water system, so the Philadelphia Water Department would like to offer a few tips
to help you protect your home against frigid temperatures. Cold air blowing through drafty windows or in unheated areas can cause water pipes to burst or damage meters. Let's work together to keep our water flowing!
PWD featured in Water Blues, Green Solutions Film
Feb 20, 2014
Penn State Public Media recently released the documentary, Water Blues, Green Solutions, which prominently features the Philadelphia Water Department. Read our blog
about the film and the interactive site.
PWD releases the Green Streets Design Manual
Feb 03, 2014
We've developed and completed our Green Streets Design Manual
to provide design standards and procedural guidance for developing green streets that manage stormwater runoff.
The Philadelphia Water Department worked closely with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Streets Department, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and other public utilities, partners, and agencies to develop detailed design templates for green streets that are flexible enough to be applied in a variety of urban street conditions. The Green Streets Design Manual outlines what types of green stormwater infrastructure practices are appropriate on various street typologies, provides standardized design details, and lays out the necessary design review and construction inspection processes. Moving forward, design professionals, engineers, planners, and developers can utilize the approved design standards and procedures therein to expedite green street development in Philadelphia.
EPA Awards Four Colleges with Substantial Grants to study Green Infrastructure
Jan 30, 2014
On January 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded a substantial grant of $4 million
to four colleges in the Philadelphia area to study Green City, Clean Waters. Temple University, Swathmore College, Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania each received $1 million. Plus, the University of New Hampshire received $993,000 to assess various green infrastructure projects and aspects of the plan, quantify performance and conduct surveys in a 40,000-acre combined sewage area.
The colleges plan to use the grant money toward diverse areas of research. For example, Temple plans to analyze many green projects on its Philadelphia campus and will investigate socio-economic issues, including the impact of real estate values as a result of green infrastructure. Villanova will evaluate the performance of completed green infrastructure projects in order to develop and design next-generation versions. Penn researchers will look into how to motivate residents and businesses to invest in green infrastructure projects. Investments in these projects will go a long way toward developing innovative solutions to stormwater management, wet weather pollution, and building more resilient, safer water systems.
PWD announces "Uncover the Green" design competition
Dec 20, 2013
Students, it's your turn to leave your mark on Philadelphia! Uncover the Green
is a design competition that invites local college students to design the new medallion for our city's green stormwater infrastructure as well as a new look for Philadelphia's manhole covers. Help the Water Department raise awareness about the new tools in our neighborhoods and inspire residents to uncover the benefits of green stormwater infrastructure.