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Wilmington’s Filter Plant and Raceway Rehabilitation Projects Receive National Award

Post Date:11/07/2018 2:00 PM

American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) Award marks the second time this historic renovation has been honored

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki today congratulated the Department of Public Works and the Department of Planning and Development for their work related to a national award presented to the City recently by the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA). Specifically, the City’s Brandywine Filter Plant and Raceway Rehabilitation projects, and the related public outreach book “From Creek to Tap: The Brandywine and Wilmington’s Public Water System,” have been recognized for national honors.

The American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) presented the award to the City last month at the annual ACRA Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wilmington was recognized for its outstanding rehabilitation of a historic structure, and for the accompanying book, described as “excellent,” that captured an otherwise “dry” subject with photographs, illustrations and easy-to-understand history. The publication presents a history of the City’s public water system and serves as a reference document that includes a rich collection of graphics, historical photographs and maps. The book has been praised by local educators, clean water advocates and historians as both a teaching tool and a vehicle for civic appreciation for the precious and often under-appreciated commodity of clean drinking water. 

“These two related projects are an excellent example of the City going above and beyond what was required of it,” said Mayor Purzycki, “and the result is the preservation of an important piece of Wilmington’s past and a part of our City’s current water delivery system. I encourage everyone to read ‘From Creek to Tap,’ which is a wonderful document that traces the history of our public water system.”

“I especially want to thank Sean Duffy, Matt Demo and Vince Carroccia of our Public Works Department, and Debra Martin of our Planning Department for their collaborative efforts in bringing these projects to a successful conclusion.”

The Brandywine Filter Plant and Raceway Rehabilitation projects were previously honored by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, receiving the “Preservation Education Award” in 2017.

The book “From Creek to Tap: The Brandywine and Wilmington’s Public Water System” is available online at, or in hard copy by contacting Debra Martin, Historic Preservation Planner, at 302.576.3107.  During the past year, the book was shared during Earth Day, Public Works Week, and the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.

ACRA is the national professional organization for consulting historians, architectural historians, archaeologists and associated science professionals. The City was nominated for this award by its client, Commonwealth Heritage Group, who assisted the City with federal compliance procedures and authored the book.

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    Wilmington's 2018 ACRA Award                          "From Creek to Tap" (2014)

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The Brandywine Raceway


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