Water, Climate Crisis, and Future of Philadelphia

By Swati Hegde, Ph.D.

The Water Center, University of Pennsylvania

Schuylkill River, one of the drinking water sources for Philadelphia has historically been a river of industrial, environmental and political revolutions (Picture by Dr. Swati Hegde)

A clean and safe water supply along with effectively managed wastewater and stormwater are the cornerstones of a healthy community. Climate change, however, has presented the water sector with a new set of challenges to provide these fundamental services. Climate change has threatened both water quality and quantity in Philadelphia and elsewhere. This is the peak time we need to treat climate change as not only environmental issue bu