Street Sweeping for Clean Water

By | January 23, 2017

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Capital Region Water will be using a new contractor for street sweeping beginning this spring. This service will now be performed with state of the art equipment designed to remove more dirt and grit from streets in the City of Harrisburg.

The process of hiring a contractor took longer than expected and Capital Region Water previously miscommunicated saying that street sweeping will begin earlier. We will provide an update with a more specific start date for street sweeping when possible. Thank you for your patience.

The City of Harrisburg may supplement Capital Region Water’s sweeping schedule as they deem appropriate. They will continue snow removal, leaf collection, trash removal, large debris removal from streets, and street sweeping for special events.

Park Harrisburg and the City of Harrisburg will continue parking enforcement during street sweeping days. Parking enforcement may still occur on days that street cleaning does not.

Contact Information:

Capital Region Water: 888-510-0606, info@capitalregionwater.com

City of Harrisburg: 311 or 717-255-3040

Park Harrisburg: 717-234-2274

Street sweeping will begin this spring.

Capital Region Water will begin street sweeping in spring to reduce the cost of mobilizing and demobilizing a contractor for street sweeping during the winter when inclement weather frequently prevents street sweeping from occurring. Even with this delay, Capital Region Water is in full compliance with its permit requirements for its stormwater and wastewater systems.

Thank you for your patience. The process of hiring a contractor took longer than expected and Capital Region Water previously miscommunicated saying that it would occur earlier. We will provide an update with a more specific start date for street sweeping when possible.

Why is Capital Region Water street sweeping in Harrisburg?

Street sweeping is one method to prevent dirt and grit pollution from entering storm drains and reaching our local waterways and is part of Capital Region Water’s permit requirements for its stormwater and wastewater systems.

When Capital Region Water begins street sweeping, it we be using “regenerative air” sweepers which will allow Capital Region Water to reduce more pollution and earn more credits toward meeting its permit requirements as compared to traditional sweepers utilized by the City of Harrisburg. Capital Region Water will be evaluating the cost effectiveness of using street sweeping to meet its water quality obligations over the next five years.

Street sweeping is part of Capital Region Water’s City Beautiful H2O program for clean water and community beautification. Learn more.

How can you help?

Everyone has a shared responsibility for clean streets, clean water, and beautiful neighborhoods.

Remove debris and litter from the top of storm drains.  This will help prevent street flooding and reduce the long term costs of operating our community’s infrastructure.

Stop the Drop. Never pollute our city with litter, and if you see litter, take the time to pick it up. Join the citywide Stop the Drop campaign and help our city become litter free.

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