Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center


640 Waterworks Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Contact Name: 
Karen Young
Contact Phone Number: 
(215) 685 - 0719

The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center tells the story of the Schuylkill River and its human connections throughout history.

It is a valuable tale with timeless lessons about the need to balance the demands of development with those natural resources that make development possible.

With the river flowing along its buildings and the city skyline rising behind it, the Water Works bridges the natural and urban environments, as it has from the first.

For more than a century the Water Works supplied early Philadelphia with water pumped from the Schuylkill River. Safe water transformed all it touched, improving everything from fire protection to workers' health to manufacturing processes.

Through its detailed and faithful picture of watershed use, the Interpretive Center shows that our needs have scarcely changed in 200 years.

The Philadelphia Water Department provides the resources and guides at the Center. In fact, the Department sees the Interpretive Center as a means to achieving new levels of water quality.

To reach that end, the Interpretive Center has the mission, goals and commitment of being a place where visitors ultimately define the kind of environment they will leave to future generations.