The city was broken down into 15 local planning areas based on receiving water (Susquehanna River vs Paxton Creek) and sewersheds – areas of land that drain to a single outfall. By breaking the city into smaller areas, we were able to analyze and characterize the current system in more detail. This allows us to see which areas have a greater number of combined sewer discharges or more flooding and sewer backup issues. These local planning areas also provided the basis for valuating potential tools and systemwide and local alternatives for the plan.


Capital Region Water then screened potential control technologies to meet its planning objectives. Options included projects to reduce stormwater before it enters the system, systems to better manage flows in the system, additional treatment facilities, projects to restore waterways receiving the discharges, and projects to store more flow in the system.