Governor Helps RenewLV Launch Water Initiative
“The water systems you have in the Lehigh Valley … have to do things in a better, more efficient way,”
– Gov. Ed Rendell
On Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at Illick’s Mill Park in Bethlehem Governor Ed Rendell help RenewLV launch its Regional Water Initiative. This effort calls upon county officials to establish a Regional Water Council to examine how the region could promote long-term cost efficiency and foster sustainable patterns of growth and development. Read coverage on the event from the Morning Call and the Express-Times or watch the WFMZ-TV coverage. Also view our slideshow of the press conference.
Illick’s Mill Park is situated along the Monocacy Creek in the City of Bethlehem. It is located upstream from the old Bethlehem Waterworks, considered to be the first municipal waterworks in America. The source of water at the old Bethlehem Waterworks site was used up until about 1911 when a series of epidemics in the region was attributed to contaminated water from the spring. Looking for a new source of water, Bethlehem drilled wells at Illick’s Mill after Bethlehem’s request for a collaborative project on the Delaware River was rejected by the Pennsylvania Commissioner of Health (a predecessor of the Public Utilities Commission). At the time, the Commissioner ruled that such collaboration was not allowed under Pennsylvania law.