About CBH2O

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City Beautiful H2O is Capital Region Water’s program to restore failing infrastructure, reduce combined sewer discharges, improve the health of our local waterways, and beautify our neighborhoods through community greening. City Beautiful H2O Program Plan (“The Program Plan”) is Capital Region Water’s update to its Long Term Control Plan for Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs), stormwater management plan for its separate storm sewer system, and system repair and capacity enhancement plan for its separate sanitary sewer system.

The core of the Program Plan is composed of three main parts: characterization of the current system, development and evaluation of alternative control measures, and selection of preferred controls and an implementation strategy. During this process a computer model of the city’s wastewater and stormwater infrastructure was created and employed to characterize existing conditions and evaluate the effectiveness of wet weather control measures. Coupled with the Community Greening Plan — Capital Region Water’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan — City Beautiful H2O will provide a framework and implementation guide for addressing wet weather and outdated infrastructure issues.

The main goal of the program plan is to outline a responsible and affordable approach to address:

  • Infrastructure and operational deficiencies attributed to decades of deferred maintenance
  • Susquehanna River and Paxton Creek water quality issues caused by combined sewer overflows
  • Sewer overflows and basement backups caused by limited capacity in the sewer system


As part of Capital Region Water commit to our initiatives under our City Beautiful H2O Program, we are partnered with Lower Paxton Township and Susquehanna Township on a Joint Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) which includes the Paxton Creek Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plan, the Chesapeake Bay PRP, the Wildwood Lake PRP, and the UNT Spring Creek PRP to reduce sediment from stormwater discharges and stream bank erosion and improve the health of Paxton Creek, Beaver Creek, Spring Creek, and the Chesapeake Bay. On April 20th, PADEP has issued our Draft NPDES Individual Permit Application for Stormwater Discharges for Public Notice on the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

The linked document is available for public review. The application is for a new individual NPDES permit for the discharge of stormwater from a regulated municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) to waters of the Commonwealth.

Public comments may be sent to Jacob Rakowsky (jrakowsky@pa.gov)

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Our Guiding Principles for City Beautiful H2O

Protect Public Health by Balancing Wastewater and Stormwater Responsibilities and Requirements

Optimize Opportunities and Benefits for Capital Region Water’s Infrastructure and Community

Be Affordable

The Process

Capital Region Water has been working on the development of City Beautiful H2O since 2015 following the lodging of a partial consent decree.