Wilmington honored for water filter plant project


The Wilmington Department of Public Works and the Department of Planning and Development was honored for its work related to a national award presented to the city recently by the American Cultural Resources Association.

The city’s Brandywine Filter Plant and Raceway Rehabilitation projects, and the related public outreach book “From Creek to Tap: The Brandywine and Wilmington’s Public Water System,” have received national honors.

The American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) presented the award to the city last month at the annual conference in Cincinnati.

Wilmington was recognized for its rehabilitation of a historic structure, and for the accompanying book, described as “excellent,” that captured an otherwise “dry” subject with photographs, illustrations and easy-to-understand history.

The publication presents a history of the City’s public water system and serves as a reference document that includes a collection of graphics, historical photographs and maps.

“These two related projects are an excellent example of the City going above and beyond what was required of it,” said Mayor Mike Purzycki, “and the result is the preservation of an important piece of Wilmington’s past and a part of our City’s current water delivery system. I encourage everyone to read ‘From Creek to Tap,’ which is a wonderful document that traces the history of our public water system.”

“I especially want to thank Sean Duffy, Matt Demo and Vince Carroccia of our Public Works Department, and Debra Martin of our Planning Department for their collaborative efforts in bringing these projects to a successful conclusion.”

The Brandywine Filter Plant and Raceway Rehabilitation projects were previously honored by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, receiving the “Preservation Education Award” in 2017.

The book “From Creek to Tap: The Brandywine and Wilmington’s Public Water System” is available online at https://bit.ly/2AJsasV, or in hard copy by contacting Debra Martin, Historic Preservation Planner, at 302.576.3107.

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