Water. Whether you’re getting a drink, brushing your teeth, cooking, doing laundry, filling the dog’s dish, water is essential to day-to-day life and your good health. Capital Region Water is dedicated to providing you with the clean, safe water you need. Every day, we provide 8 million gallons of water to over 60,000 residents and businesses in the City of Harrisburg, parts of Paxtang and Penbrook Boroughs, and Susquehanna, Swatara and Lower Paxton townships.
This water travels 23 miles from DeHart Reservoir in the pristine Clarks Creek Valley where we own 8,200 acres of forested land to the Dr. Robert E Young Water Services Center where it’s treated and pumped to Reservoir Park. We have 3 reservoirs in Reservoir Park which gravity feed water through a distribution system of over 200 miles of pipe and into your faucet. We also protect homes and businesses by providing water to and maintaining 1,700 fire hydrants.
Capital Region Water employees work hard, day in and day out, to ensure that the best quality water is available to you every time you turn the faucet.
After you finish taking a shower or doing the dishes, we also take care of the wastewater that leaves your home and clean it up before it enters the Susquehanna River.
Capital Region Water maintains over 134 miles of sewer pipes including 3,000 manholes in the City of Harrisburg but we also treat wastewater from Steelton Borough, Paxtang Borough, Penbrook Borough, Susquehanna Township, and portions of Lower Paxton Township and Swatara Township at our Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility (AWTF).
Our AWTF is one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the region and it’s currently getting a $50 million upgrade to better protect the Susquehanna River and operate more efficiently.
After these upgrades, Capital Region Water will have one the most cutting-edge treatment facilities in the region. This will go hand in hand with upgrading our distribution infrastructure.
When it rains, it pours and one of Capital Region Water’s priorities is to ensure systems are in place to handle stormwater run-off resulting from spring showers, severe deluges, and melting snow.
One of our top priorities is to repair and maintain our almost 4,000 storm drains to prevent local flooding in your neighborhood. These drains help send water away from our roads to help keep you safe.
About 80% of Harrisburg drains into a combined sewer system (CSS) which collects stormwater and wastewater from your home in the same pipe. This old style system can be overwhelmed during large rain events and send untreated sewage overflowing into Paxton Creek and the Susquehanna River. Capital Region Water is currently undergoing a planning process to reduce these overflows.
The other 20% of Harrisburg is a separate Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) which conveys stormwater into local bodies of water, including Paxton Creek, Spring Creek and the Susquehanna River separately from waste water. This water picks up pollution on our streets before entering local water bodies. Capital Region Water is currently obtaining an MS4 Permit which will lead to reductions in stormwater pollution.