Capital Region Water’s Joint Pollutant Reduction Plan with the Paxton Creek Cooperative has received a 2021 National Environmental Achievement Award (NEAA). The Watershed Collaboration Award is given for an outstanding watershed-based collaborative management initiative or program focused on cost-effective solutions to environmental challenges. Capital Region Water is proud to partner with Lower Paxton Township and Susquehanna Township as well as PennDOT to improve local water quality and the health of Paxton Creek.
This annual awards program is presented to NACWA member public clean water utilities that have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection, their communities, ratepayers, and the water sector. Though the award winners could not gather in person this year, Adam Krantz, Chief Executive Officer of NACWA, virtually applauds this year’s recipients, noting:
“Despite the many challenges and setbacks that we faced as a nation and a global community in 2020, these NACWA member public utilities were able to deliver on the promise of continued and reliable clean water services. The herculean efforts by the staff and leadership of the over 300 utilities that comprise NACWA’s membership cannot be overstated, particularly their work as front line environmental first responders. Truly, America’s public clean water utilities held steadfast in their commitment to serve and inspire their communities throughout the course of the pandemic.”
Additionally, Capital Region Water received a Premier Project award from the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission in the Growing Within Our Environment category for their water main rehabilitation project along Cameron Street. The original 1880s pipes were losing a significant amount of water due to breaks and leaks, so 5,800 feet of water main was lined with cured-in-place-pipe technology. This lining will prevent further water loss, and compared to traditional construction, the trenchless process reduced cost, time, and negative impacts to nearby streams and natural resources. Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) provided engineering services on this project.