What's On Tap

New Stormwater Regulations

Now Effective: New Stormwater Regulations

Philadelphia Water introduced new stormwater management regulations for development projects on July 1, 2015. Representing the first significant update to the regulations since 2006, the changes are designed to make development in Philadelphia align with the city’s plan for a modernized stormwater system, as detailed in the Green City, Clean Waters plan.

These practices will allow developed sites to handle more stormwater, slow the rate of runoff, and improve the quality of water entering the sewer system.  

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Rain Check Goes Citywide!


Rain Check Goes Citywide! 
And other updates to the program

Good news—we made some exciting changes to our Rain Check program. Working together with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Sustainable Business Network we've expanded our reach, streamlined our process and increased our team of qualified contractors.

Perhaps the most exciting news is that the program is now open to residents in the entire City. Prior to April 1st, Rain Check was only available to residents who lived in the Combined Sewer Area of Philadelphia. As of today, any resident can sign up! 

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APA National Award


We Won! 
Green City, Clean Waters wins the National APA Planning Excellence Award 

We are thrilled to announce that Green City, Clean Waters recently won the APA  2015 National Planning Excellence Award for ImplementationThis award recognizes a project that demonstrates positive changes as a result of planning efforts.The award emphasizes long-term, measurable results that have been in continuous effect for a minimum of three years.

Thanks to the American Planning Association for this great recognition!

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Soak It Up Adoption

Soak It Up Adoption

Participate in Soak It Up Adoption

Soak It Up Adoption is an innovative new grant program from the Philadelphia Water Department. Join us as we continue to work with communities across our city to help implement, maintain and share knowledge about green stormwater infrastructure (GSI).

Because of their unique ability to be built into neighborhoods, many people don’t realize what green infrastructure is or how it benefits their communities. This is why we need you! By adopting one or more green stormwater sites you are not only helping us maintain these systems, you are serving as a model for your community.

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Prospective Contractor Newsletter

Information for Prospective Contractors

PWD is committed to providing opportunities to a variety of contractors and subcontractors for participation in the Department's many Public Works projects each year. If your business wants to get involved, it's important to be prepared to make a viable bid for a chance to take part.

To help get you started, check out PWD's Take Part Newsletter, full of valuable information for prospective PWD contractors.

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Green Map Home

See What's Green in Your Neighborhood With the Big Green Map!

The Philadelphia Water Department is working all around the city to implement green stormwater infrastructure such as porous paving, stormwater tree trenches and rain gardens. Check out our interactive Big Green Map to find out where PWD has either completed construction on a project or has one in the design phase.

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