North Penn Water Authority and Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy Seek Volunteers for Rain Garden Project
Lansdale, PA – August 28, 2019 – The North Penn Water Authority (NPWA) and the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy (PWC) are seeking volunteers to assist in planting a Rain Garden, to be placed at White’s Road Park in Lansdale Borough on Saturday, October 12.
Between 10 am-3 pm on this day, community volunteers are needed to assist in planting native perennials at White’s Road Park (400 Whites Rd, Lansdale). All necessary tools will be provided. Those that are interested in helping can conveniently sign up at PWC’s website at perkiomenwatershed.org/volunteer and clicking on Plant-A-Thon.
The Rain Garden is a collaborative project between NPWA and PWC, and began as a community contest held back in May in honor of Drinking Water Week. Lansdale Borough community members rallied and won a majority of the votes.
The Rain Garden will offer many benefits to those who utilize the park, including beautification, an increase in birds, butterflies, and wildlife, and will help foster healthier waterways. More specifically, the Rain Garden, consisting of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers, will collect rainwater that normally overflows into the Towamencin Creek, preventing pollution and erosion into the creek.
As part of its commitment to environmental stewardship and watershed education, NPWA is committed to educating the public on the importance of watershed protection, source water protection and water conservation. Partnering with the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy for the Rain Garden project helps NPWA take that commitment to the next level by implementing a project that will act as a filter to rain water and storm water run-off.
“We are happy to be working with Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy on the Rain Garden Project,” said Anthony Bellitto Jr. P.E., Executive Director of NPWA. “We are in the business of providing our customers with clean, safe drinking water 24 hours a day and clean water begins at the source. By protecting source water, we are protecting drinking water.”
“North Penn Water Authority is taking the next step to ensure its residents have access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water. We are thrilled to be a part of that step,” said Ryan Beltz, Executive Director of the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy. “Nothing is more valuable than protecting the natural resources that sustain us.”
To learn more, visit NPWA on Facebook, Facebook.com/NorthPennWater, or on the web at www.npwa.org.
About North Penn Water Authority
Established in 1965, North Penn Water Authority (NPWA) is a municipally owned, nonprofit Authority with a dedicated, professional workforce committed to providing the community with a safe, reliable, and economical water supply. Water supplied to their customers comes from both a surface water supply that is treated at the state of the art Forest Park Water Treatment Plant (FPWTP) and from 15 groundwater wells located throughout the service area. To provide the highest quality water, the Authority has in place a main replacement program and performs annual flushing of its 580 miles of water main which serves nearly 35,000 customers. NPWA also owns and maintains all fire hydrants in the service area to ensure hydrants are in working order in case of fire emergencies. NPWA employees, many of whom are NPWA customers themselves, take pride in being able to provide this service to the community. For more information, please visit www.npwa.org or call 215-855-3617.
About Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is dedicated to serving the people and communities of the Perkiomen Watershed by conserving and protecting land and water resources through commitment to and leadership in environmental education, watershed stewardship, and conservation programs. The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy was founded in 1964. Since then, the Conservancy has become the area’s community conservation connection. Last year, 3,000 volunteers donated over 9,000 service hours to environmental restoration and conservation projects; 7,500 students attended the Conservancy’s environmental education programs, and 2,800 residents attended the Conservancy’s programs and events. Our hope, at the Conservancy, is that we can be the catalyst that helps to create a positive and lasting change in the Perkiomen Valley.