Innovating for a More Equitable and Sustainable Water Future

Welcome to the SWPA Water Network, a coalition of organizations working to improve water quality and access in southwestern Pennsylvania. Our mission is to promote sustainable water management practices and ensure that everyone in the region has access to clean, safe, and affordable water. With a focus on collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and community engagement, we are working to address the key water-related challenges facing our region, from climate change and stormwater runoff to agricultural practices and public awareness. Join us in our efforts to protect and preserve our most vital natural resource - water.



Call For Proposals | Community Empowerment Strategies to improve resilience to extreme weather events in urban settings

October 19, 2023

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently launched the third edition of the EJ4Climate grant program that addresses the theme “Community empowerment strategies to improve resilience to extreme weather events in urban settings”. The deadline to apply is November 9 and applicants can submit proposals up to C$200,000. The call for proposals can be found…

New Monthly SWPAWN E-Newsletter

October 18, 2023

A monthly SW PA Water Network e-newsletter has been launched.  If you did not receive it via email this week, take a look. Also, if you have not yet received it, please subscribe by sharing your email here…and encourage others to subscribe using the same link. The newsletter will share general information about water-related events…

Jamil Bey receives the Geological Society of America President’s Medal

October 16, 2023

Join me in congratulating Dr. Jamil Bey of the UrbanKind Institute for this significant recognition of his decades of work towards a more equitable and just region, including the ability for all communities to have access to clean, affordable and sustainable water. The President’s Medal of the Geological Society of America, commissioned in 2007, will…

Launching the Drinking Water Standards Working Group | Thu. Oct. 19

October 12, 2023

The Harry Enstrom Chapter of the Izaak Walton League requested the Water Network join them in researching the current drinking water standards, recommending changes to the standards to ensure they address the contaminants found in today’s water supply, and developing an approach to ensuring the public is aware of the health and safety of their…

SWPA Environmental Literacy Coalition | Monday, October 16, 2023

October 12, 2023

Sharing this invitation from Intermediate Unit 1 that may be of most interest to Network members that participated in the past Education discussions or Work Group: ——————— To support the movement of Environmental Literacy in our schools across Pennsylvania, we are working to create a network of educators, local professionals, and environmental science enthusiasts to…

Celebrating Clean Water | Oct 21st

October 9, 2023

Hello!  I’d like to invite you to our annual fundraiser Celebrating Clean Water on October 21st! We have a fantastic, zero food waste menu from Farmer x Baker focusing on local goods, Sweetwater Beer, a variety of wine and soft drinks, a take-home Klean Kanteen steel pint cup, door prizes, and a smorgasbord for our…


The mission of the SWPA Water Network is to promote sustainable water management practices and protect the water resources of southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization brings together a diverse group of stakeholders, including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academia, and community groups, to collaborate and coordinate on efforts to improve water quality and access in the region. Through its work, the SWPA Water Network aims to ensure that all residents of southwestern Pennsylvania have access to clean and safe water for generations to come.

Join the SWPA Water Network and make a difference for our water resources!