WASHINGTON — The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) joined the Philadelphia Water Department, a NACWA member, on Tuesday as they signed an historic partnership agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will allow the city to use green infrastructure to achieve its watershed management goals and to improve water quality.
The Green City Clean Waters Partnership Agreement with EPA will allow Philadelphia to use innovative approaches for stormwater management to reduce water pollution from combined sewers. This agreement marks a unique partnership between federal and city agencies and can serve as a national model for many other urban areas looking to embrace green infrastructure to address wet weather flows.
“This agreement is the perfect example of what can happen when clean water agencies and EPA work together to use a common sense approach to solve our wet weather problems,” said Ken Kirk, executive director of NACWA. “We hope that this will serve as a strong example for both clean water utilities and regulatory agencies as they pursue similar solutions under EPA’s new integrated planning approach.”