Street Sweeping for Clean Water

By | January 23, 2017

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The City of Harrisburg will be collecting leaves between October 1 and December 7.

While the City focuses on leaf collection, Capital Region Water will continue regular streets sweeping to prevent dirt and grit pollution from entering storm drains and reaching local waterways. Street sweepers will coordinate with leaf collection vehicles through GPS tracking and regular communication. This coordination will allow street sweepers to focus on streets without leaves and also cleanup some of the leaf and debris residue left behind the leaf collection vehicles.

You can find more information about the City’s leaf collection efforts on their website here.

Overview

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.

Schedule

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.

 

Tracking

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, info@capitalregionwater.com

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.

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