Philadelphia’s Own Fairmount Water Works

The City of Philadelphia has a place where you can discover, connect and be involved. It’s The Fairmount Water Works(FWW) and it’s a National Historic Landmark, a Civil Engineering Landmark, and a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark. Situated on the east bank of the Schuylkill River between historic Boat House Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the FWW opened its doors in 1815 as the sole water pumping station for the City of Philadelphia. Almost a century later, in 1909, FWW was decommissioned as a pumping station when the City moved to sand filtration for purification in response to industrial development and the resulting detrimental impact on the region’s water quality. With more than 460,000 visitors to date, FWW has become the hub of innovative water and watershed education programming in the region. The public plays a vital role in understanding and supporting the City’s goals and programs, and the FWW purpose is to educate citizens regarding the interconnections between their community and environment, particularly the public’s essential role in protecting and stewarding our natural resources.

The FWW has six core values; one of which is: Clean Water for all living things. It recognizes that this starts with each individual’s actions and nurtures a sense of personal responsibility for the conservation of our watersheds and the health of the planet.

Philadelphia, Come out to a free event at the Fairmount Water Works on November 7th– The Hazardous Household Waste Event. Handling and disposing of hazardous waste materials requires a special set of regulations due to the potential damage they can cause to people, pets and the environment. Residents can bring their hazardous waste to Household Hazardous Waste Events, sponsored by the Philadelphia Streets Department.


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