Public Water Independence Day 2022

CWA’s second annual Public Water Independence Day was a smashing success. This event celebrated the FIVE YEAR anniversary of the CWA board first saying NO to Big Water and to KEEP OUR WATER PUBLIC. At the May 18, 2017 CWA board meeting, the Authority’s board voted unanimously to reject Aqua’s offer of $320M to buy the Authority. The board has been fighting tirelessly against a hostile takeover ever since.

From May 18, 2017 through May 17, 2022, the difference between AQUA base rates and CWA rates results in a savings for CWA customers of $224,065,063.

A beautiful day on the lake!

  • Free Parking
  • Free Food
  • Free Boat and Kayak Rentals
  • Free Busing from Chester City and Delco
  • Tour of the Dam and Treatment Plant
  • Speakers
  • Music
  • Cool CWA Swag
  • Learn about where your water comes from!

Saturday, June 4

Octoraro Reservoir

Fishing Headquarters/Boat Launch:
212 Spruce Grove Rd, Kirkwood, PA, 17536

Speeches from the Event

Schedule of Events

12 PM | Event Start/Bus Arrives from Delco

Boat and Kayak rentals, Food trucks.

1 PM | Speakers/Invited Guests

Your local elected officials and water warriors.

    • Sister Nora Nash, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia
    • Stephen McBryde, Director of Plant Operations, Chester Water Authority
    • Jim Neary, Operator of CWA Fishing Headquarters
    • Representative John Lawrence, PA House District 13
    • Representative Craig Williams, PA House District 160
    • Kofi Osei, Neighbors Opposing Privatization Efforts (NOPE)
    • Margo Woodacre & Bill Ferguson, Keep Water Affordable (KWA)
    • Noel Roy, Lower Oxford Township Supervisor
    • Kearni Warren, Energy Justice Network
    • Cathy Spahr, Candidate for the PA House, District 160
    • Angie Eichelberger on behalf of Sen. Scott Martin (PA Senate District 13)
    • Leonard J. Rivera, Chester Water Authority Board Member

2 PM | Nottingham Treatment Plant Tour

Take the bus over to the dam and plant to see where your water comes from!

4 PM | Bus leaves to return to Delco

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from the Pennsylvania Constitution,
Article I, Section 27:
"The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."