A Spectacular Green Week for Schools

Last week PWD picked up the pace of the green schools program with three fantastic events!

On Wednesday, judges gathered at the Fairmount Water Works to pick winners from the GreenSTEM Challenge.  Students from three schools: George W. Nebinger, Albert M. Greenfield and Cook-Wissahickon, designed creative containers to hold environmental sensors that measure factors like soil moisture. Judges based their selections on creativity, use of materials and constructability to choose thee winning designs: a sword in the stone, a spider and a futuristic light-up, disco-esk dome. Visit GreenStem Challenge for images of the imaginative designs.

On Thursday, George W. Nebinger School hosted representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and PWD to celebrate the new green school yard. All three agencies helped fund and coordinate the project that removed pavement and replaced it with a rain garden. Music students welcomed the guests with a touching performance of “In the Jungle” and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” before a discussion of the site and the Urban Watershed Curriculum.

To top off the week, students from Greenfield Elementary formed a human chain from Center City to the Schuylkill River in celebration of winning the Green Ribbon School Award. Awarded to Greenfield in 2013 by the US Department of Education, this award recognizes the school as a model educational community of green practices. The human chain of 500 people connected the city to the river through the outstretched arms of children, parents, teachers and everyone who took part!

Uncover the Green Competition Results

The first round of judging in the Uncover the Green competition is completed!

Several weeks ago, the Philadelphia Water Department launched Uncover the Green. This exciting design competition challenged Philadelphia’s undergraduate and graduate students; to design a medallion to represent Philadelphia’s new green storm water tools, as well as a second design for new manhole covers.

Over 40 submissions were received and following the first round of judging , the top eight have been selected for the next round! Visit the completion website to view the finalists.

Join us on May 2nd from 3:30 to 5:30 P.M. at the Fairmount Water Works as we reveal the top three winners, as well as our city’s new medallion and manhole designs. Everyone is welcome for an afternoon full of activities, including a People Choice Awards. Refreshments will be served!

Special thanks to our first round of judges:

  • Community Design Collaborative

  • Cloud Geshan Associates

  • Maskar Design

  • The Public Workshop

  • Partnership for the Delaware Estuary


Rain Barrel Workshops are Coming Up!

The Philadelphia Water Department and the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) are providing free rain barrels to Philadelphians.  Rain barrels work by capturing stormwater through disconnected downspouts that collect rain water from roofs. Water that flows into the rain barrel can then be used for irrigating our gardens, window boxes and  and lawn watering.

To receive your free rain barrel complete with installation,  attend a rain barrel workshop. These workshops are held in locations around the city throughout the year.

To learn more about the rain barrel program and to see if there are workshops near you, visit phillywatersheds.org/rainbarrel.

Also, check out PWD at next week’s Climate Smart: Artists Respond to Climate Change event. Chris Anderson from the Water Department Public Affairs Division will be participating. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/516312131812239/?ref=22

It’s Time to Apply for Project Flow

Are you currently an 8th or 9th grader? If so, Fairmount
Water Works and Germantown Friends School invite you to apply to Project Flow!

This five-week summer program allows students to learn about
Philadelphia’s water system, its waterways and infrastructure. As they
participate, students will gain better understanding of urban watershed issues,
including water quality, public health, storm water management, and more!
Project Flow also has several opportunities for both hands-on experimental
programs onsite and offsite, such as field trips, boating, nature walks, and
camping. Additionally, the program includes an artistic and journalistic
focused photography project.

Students are selected through an application process.  Project Flow is a no-cost program.  However, if accepted for the program, there
is a suggested activities fee. 

Applications are due by April 15, 2014.

All students accepted to the program will be notified by April 30, 2014

Download the Application today!


Healthy Trails 5K

The TTF watershed Partnership, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Philadelphia Water Department, and Scattergood Foundation are proud to present the 2nd annual Healthy Trails 5K Run/Walk in Tacony Creek Park.

This year’s 5K run/walk will be held on Sunday April 13, 2014. The race will start at Ferko Playground, 1101 Cayuga Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19120 and will end at the right around corner at the I Street & Ramona Avenue Gateway. Registration will open at 8am and runners will start at 9am with walkers beginning 30 minutes later.

Join us to walk or run on the brand new fully paved trail!

To register, please visit HealthyTrails5k.com


Healthy Trails 5K Flyer

Urban Watersheds Curriculum Guide

The Fairmount Water Works, Philadelphia Water Department, Schuylkill Action Network, Environmental Protection Agency, EcoExpress, and the Partnership for Delaware Estuary released the Urban Watersheds Curriculum Guide this past year. This primary audience for the guide is K-8 educators. The curriculum guide takes students through a fascinating and complex narrative with its twist and turns, describing the urban water system. Those interested are individuals interested in making a connections between one of our most fundamental elements in life – water – and all of the complexities and responsibilities associated with accessing it, using it, cleaning it up and returning it to our waterways.

Both Nebinger School and Greenfield School tested the guide. Nebinger’s Middle School teacher, Rachel Odoroff, positively described her experience: “The lesson brings critical issues to life for students in a manner that is fun, engaging and meaningful,” she says, “At Nebinger Elementary, our students have welcomed this content, especially as they could draw, create, observe, experiment and discuss along the way!”

Explore the full curriculum guide and the accompanying on-line tools at resourcewater.org

Keep Our Water Flowing

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Ah, Spring! Warm weather, birds singing, blooming flowers, no water… What! No Water? We don’t want that to happen!

Beginning April 1, 2014, the Philadelphia Water Department will begin shutting off water service for those who are behind on their water bill. Water is an essential part of our day to day activities, so it is important that we work together to keep our water flowing.

If you get a shutoff notice, do not delay. Call 215-686-6880 to make payment arrangements or go online to pay your bill immediately. If a PWD worker comes to your door, you will have to pay at least 50% of the outstanding balance, plus a visitation fee to avoid shutoff. In addition, a larger fee will be required if your water is shut off and you want it restored.

Let’s work together to make sure you always have running water.

Watch the video below for more information:

Help Get a Buoy for Lake Erie!

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The Regional Science Consortium is in the running for a Grassroots Grant from the Boat U.S. Foundation and needs your vote to win the grant!

If selected, the Regional Science Consortium plans to use the grant money to support the Weather, Water and Wave Buoy System that will be deployed this May in the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie. This buoy will provide real-time data (every 20 minutes) on the lake conditions that everyone can access. The buoy system will be a tremendous benefit to the local community as well as to tourists.

Find more information on the water quality buoy.

Click here to vote for the buoy system in Pennsylvania at Lake Eire. You can vote once every day until March 28th.