Posted On On: October 12, 2016 Categories Filed Under: Member News

HARRISBURG (October 12, 2016): Capital Region Water has completed the first major upgrade of its Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility (AWTF) since 1976. This $50 million project added new treatment units to reduce nitrogen pollution by 90% and suspended solids by nearly half.


First constructed in 1957, the AWTF currently treats an average of 22 million gallons a day for over 120,000 residents in Harrisburg, Lower Paxton, Susquehanna, Swatara, Paxtang, Penbrook, and Steelton.


“As the steward of our community’s water systems, our core purpose is to protect public health and the environment,” said Capital Region Water CEO Shannon Williams. “All of us – from our families, to our local economy, even small mouth bass in the Susquehanna River depend on clean water.”


The upgrade began in 2014 to update aged equipment, improve local water quality, and meet Chesapeake Bay pollutant requirements administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This project was funded, in part, by a $21,500,000 low interest rate loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.


Several partners joined Capital Region Water yesterday for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility. Speakers included:

  • Shannon Williams, CEO, Capital Region Water
  • David Black, President & CEO, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
  • Paul Marchetti, Executive Director, PENNVEST
  • Maria Bebenek, Program Manager, Clean Water Program, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Jon Capacasa, Director, Water Protection Division, Mid-Atlantic Region, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Mike Pries, Dauphin County Commissioner
  • Rob Teplitz, Pennsylvania State Senator
  • Marc Kurowski, Board Chairman, Capital Region Water


Capital Region Water is holding an Open House at the AWTF this Saturday, October 15th from 11AM to 2PM.  The Open House is open to the public and will include tours, activities, and free food. Learn more:


Customers with questions can contact Capital Region Water by phone at 888-510-0606 or by email at

Click here for the full press release.

Click here for the EPA Wastewater Progress fact sheet.