The City of Philadelphia Water Department received a 2015 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for the “Delaware Valley Early Warning System - Tidal Spill Trajectory Tool.” The award recognizes the innovativeness and public safety benefits of an integrated monitoring, modelling, and notification system designed to safeguard water quality for 1.6 million people served by public and private water utilities located on the Schuylkill and Lower Delaware River Watersheds.
The Early Warning System (EWS) integrates real time water quality monitoring using river gauges and water quality sensors with analysis and modeling tools to project the downstream spread and estimated arrival time of pollution caused by spills, accidents, and floods. The tool assists with response planning by sending automated alerts using targeted mass telephone notification and email to alert water utilities, regulatory agencies, and public safety officials who are partners to the system. There are over 250 system users representing 47 organizations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The 2014 addition of a tidal spill trajectory animation tool provides enhanced analysis of tidal flow influences on pollution events within the tidal zone of the Delaware River, which improves response planning.
geographIT® (subconsultant) and the prime consultant jointly developed and enhanced the Early Warning System for the Water Department beginning in 2004. geographIT® became a division of EBA Engineering, Inc. as of January 1, 2016.