HARRISBURG (Feb. 3, 2014) – Last night, the National Association for Clean Water Agencies presented Capital Region Water the National Environmental Achievement Award for Public Information and Education at their Winter Conference in Charleston, SC.

Capital Region Water received the award for organizing the Raindrop to River Conservation Carnival at last summer’s Kipona Festival in Harrisburg, PA.

“As the steward of the Harrisburg area’s water and sewer systems, it’s our responsibility to educate our customers about what we can collectively do to protect our local waterways” Capital Region Water CEO Shannon Williams said. “We thank our terrific partners, sponsors, and volunteers for stepping up to provide a fun and educational experience for all ages of our community to enjoy.”

Well over 3,000 people visited the Raindrop to River Conservation Carnival during the Kipona Festival. Carnival participants played educational games to earn stamps to exchange for prizes. Games included: Watershed Bean Toss, Litter Sweep Challenge, Take Aim at Pollution, and Can the Grease Toss.

“The Carnival helped customers consider adopting behaviors to pickup litter, can cooking grease, and properly dispose of toxic chemicals, but it also helped us communicate the need for larger projects like our upcoming green infrastructure plan, our ongoing $50 million wastewater plant upgrade, and much much more.”

A video of the Conservation Carnival and more information can be found at:

In the attached photo from left to right:

  • Ken Kirk, NACWA Executive Director
  • Karen Pallansch, NACWA President
  • Shannon Williams, Capital Region Water CEO
  • Phil Friess, NACWA Awards Committee Chair

About Capital Region Water: Capital Region Water is the steward of the Harrisburg area’s water, wastewater, and stormwater systems serving 130,000 people in the Capital Region and dedicated to being proactive, community focused, fiscally responsible, and supporting the health and growth of the region.

About the National Association of Clean Water Agencies: NACWA represents the interests of more than 300 public agencies and organizations that have made the pursuit of scientifically based, technically sound and cost effective laws and regulations their objective. NACWA members serve the majority of the sewered population in the United States and collectively treat and reclaim more than 18 billion gallons of wastewater daily.



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