Street Sweeping for Clean Water

By | January 23, 2017


Capital Region Water will continue regular street sweeping through the end of December, weather permitting.

No street sweeping will occur during the winter season between January 1 through March 1, 2019.

Why does street sweeping stop for winter?
Street sweepers use water for dust suppression and do not operate effectively in below freezing temperatures. Further, sweeping through winter may collect salt and sand applied by Public Works crews for deicing roads. Comprehensive annual maintenance is also performed on the street sweepers during this time.

Will I still get a parking ticket for street cleaning between January 1 through March 1?
Park Harrisburg and the City of Harrisburg are responsible for parking enforcement for street cleaning. Parking enforcement may still occur on days that street sweeping does not. The City of Harrisburg can be contacted by dialing 311 within the city limits or by visiting the City’s website at Park Harrisburg can be reached by phone at 717-234-2274 or in person at 223 Walnut Street in Harrisburg. Residents who receive a parking ticket should call the number listed on the ticket if they have questions.


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.

Capital Region Water has contracted with DBi Services to use “regenerative air” sweepers which reduce more pollution and earn more credits toward meeting stormwater permit requirements as compared to traditional sweepers. 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.

The City of Harrisburg 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.


Street sweeping follows the Street Cleaning schedule posted on your street.

Street Sweeping Schedule Map.

Regular sweeping does not occur when it rains, snows, or when temperatures are below freezing.

Street sweeping is not performed on holidays observed by Capital Region Water. Find a list of these holidays here.



Track the progress of street sweeping with this online map that’s updated daily.

Street sweepers are equipped with GPS units that show exactly where they’ve swept on the map using green dots. This map resets every day.

Street Sweeping Schedule Map

Contact Information:

Capital Region Water: 888-510-0606,

City of Harrisburg: 311 or 717-255-3040

Park Harrisburg: 717-234-2274


How can you help?

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

Prevent Street Flooding: 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.