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Stormwater Salvation: Could Your Faith-Based Group Get Help to Go Green + Save?

Bethesda's Grant-Funded Rain Gardens

As an early adopter of green infrastructure and Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP) grant recipient, Bethesda Presbyterian's congregation blazed a trail for other faith-based organizations to follow and are committed to protecting Philadelphia’s water.

Bethesda Presbyterian Church sits on a large plot of land in Northeast Philadelphia’s Bustleton neighborhood. The church’s monthly stormwater fees—higher than they would like—reflected the property's large proportion of impervious surfaces, which put a considerable burden on the local sewers during storms. (More about how stormwater fees work here.)

Fortunately, Joan Wilson, a church elder, was determined to reduce that stormwater charge.

UPDATE: Final Public Input Hearing Announced for Proposed Rate Change


Philadelphia Water is requesting a rate increase that would go into effect July, 2016. Click the image for more info.

UPDATE:

A final Public Input Hearing for the proposed 2016-17 rate change will take place Thursday, April 7 at 8:30 a.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall on the 4th Floor. You are encouraged to attend and submit testimony. If you are unable to attend, you can submit written comments until April 18.

For more information, visit the Water Rate Board website here.

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