The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), with whom PHS is a proud partner, is one of six entities to be honored by The Clean Water America Alliance with its 2012 U.S. Water Prize for their watershed-based approach toward water sustainability.
“These six water champions are showing America how to innovate, integrate, and educate for water sustainability and economic success,” explained Alliance President Ben Grumbles. The other U.S. Water Prize winners include the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, PepsiCo Frito-Lay, Project WET Foundation, Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
PWD provides integrated water, waste water, and storm water service. Its mission is to address complex environmental, demographic, and financial challenges, as well as to become the steward and protector of Philadelphia’s rivers and streams through a program call Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW). The vision behind GCCW is to unite the city with its water environment, creating a green legacy for future generations, while finding a balance between ecology, economics, and equity. GCCW’s commitment is to “green” more than 34% of the combined sewer area’s impervious cover in the coming 25 years.
We want to congratulate PWD for its vision, commitment, and dedication to the City of Philadelphia and its water resources.