North Penn Water Authority and Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy Partner on Rain Garden Project
Lansdale, PA – May 16, 2022– North Penn Water Authority (NPWA) and the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy (PWC) are partnering on a project to protect the Perkiomen Creek Watershed and beautify the community with a rain garden. The rain garden will benefit Skippack Township, with a groundbreaking ceremony and planting taking place on Friday, May 27.
The location of the rain garden will be at Skippack Township’s newest open space, Lenape Park, which recently saw completed construction of a pavilion, bathrooms, and associated site improvements. The addition of a rain garden will not only add beauty to the area by attracting birds, butterflies, and wildlife, but will also collect rainwater and address drainage issues and prevent pollution and erosion into Perkiomen Creek.
A rain garden is a garden of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a small depression, where water tends to pool. It is designed to temporarily hold and collect rainwater runoff. It also filters pollutants out of rainwater runoff, much of which ends up in our waterways. 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 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 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 over 585 miles of water main which serves over 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.
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. 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.