Welcome to the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center website!

Happy 20th Anniversary to the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center!

Video created by 2023 Fellow Hannah Powell for her Capstone project.

The Interpretive Center became PWD’s environmental education center in 2003, welcoming more than 575,000 visitors to date.

Learn about the Water Works’ noteworthy beginnings in the early 19th century as Philadelphia’s water pumping station for residents, business and factories: https://vimeo.com/95017596?share=copy



The Watershed is an Open Book: An Exploration of Family Literacy Through Water

Hands-on activity stations

Outdoor learning and community building

Take-home water-themed book !!

WHEN: Saturdays 12 noon to 2:30 pm

January 13, February 17, March 16, April 20

FREE: No fee but pre-registration is strongly encouraged (supplies are limited)

Light lunch is provided

WHERE: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center




Join the fight for clean drinking water!

According to UNICEF and WHO, 1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe drinking water.    Billions of people around the world are continuing to suffer from poor access to water, sanitation, and hygiene.



This year’s Theme for World Water Day is “ Valuing Water”.  Let us value water and help the thousands of children in Kerion Valley to drink safe water.

Where your registration fee goes: https://youtu.be/uqQlKu1cQGk

Register early and get lower rate and T-shirt! Price increases after February 26, 2024 at 11:59pm EST

To register, visit:    https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Philadelphia/KSMWaterWalk5K

Thank you in advance for joining us.


Trash Free Waters Art Contest submissions on display now!




Come view a selection of entries from the

2023 Trash Free Waters Art Contest, organized by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Artists from across the Delaware Estuary region were asked to create a piece of artwork related to the theme of Trash Free Waters. Artwork could use any medium, but had to be created on a provided 12″ by 9″ canvas. The goal of the art contest was to bring awareness to the problem of aquatic trash and highlight the ways people can help be part of the solution.

Winners were chosen by public vote at the 2023 Delaware River Festival, held at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on September 9th. Winning artwork will be turned into advertisements to help share the message of the importance of keeping out local waterways trash free!


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