Drinking Water Night on the Delaware
Written by Caitlin Cavanagh
Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) hosted members of PA-AWWA at the Samuel S. Baxter Water Treatment Plant on July 17th, 2019. 18 water industry professionals attended a presentation and tour of Baxter (the largest drinking water facility for the city of Philadelphia). Attendees learned about the plant’s history and plans for future improvements to Baxter and PWD’s other two drinking water treatment plants – Belmont and Queen Lane. PWD staff then led a tour that showcased the plant’s raw water detention basin on the Delaware River, flocculation and sedimentation tanks, and a backwash of the filtration media. YP’s were able to ask additional questions about the plant to chemists, engineers, operators, and the plant super while on the tour. After the tour, the PA-AWWA YP Committee hosted attendees at nearby Maggie’s Waterfront Café for casual food and drinks.