Preliminary treatment facility will boost Philadelphia’s wet weather treatment capability

The Philadelphia Water Department expects to begin construction later this year on a 300 mgd preliminary treatment facility that will greatly increase the capacity of the city’s existing Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant. By enabling the Northeast WPCP to treat significantly more flows during wet weather events, the new preliminary treatment facility will help the PWD achieve its ambitious goals for reducing combined sewer overflows and improving water quality in local waterways.

On Jan. 25, the PWD announced that it had received a $100 million low-interest loan for the project from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. Also known as PENNVEST,

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