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Harrisburg parking enforcement suspended for 10 days; CRW issues guidance during epidemic

A parking meter in downtown Harrisburg

Harrisburg and its parking operator are suspending metered and residential parking enforcement for the next 10 days.

The city and operator SP+ announced the move today, saying the suspension would go through March 29.

In its release, the city said that parking restrictions still would be enforced for safety violations, such as parking in front of hydrants.

Previously, the city said that SP+ would suspend street sweeping enforcement. Likewise, Capital Region Water stated that it would suspend street sweeping and hydrant flushing.

Below, we include the text of a letter, issued yesterday by Capital Region Water, regarding its service and policies during this time:


To Our Customers, Neighbors, and Partners,

Capital Region Water provides essential drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater services to the Harrisburg community. Protection of the environment and public health is what we are designed to do and what we will continue to do.

Amid the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we understand that there are increased questions and concerns about the protection of public health. We want to emphasize that Capital Region Water is implementing a continuity plan and, with guidance from government and public health agencies, adheres to precautionary best practices to ensure a continuance of essential services.

  • Drinking Water Service: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the “presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies, and based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low.” Further, EPA’s drinking water regulations require treatment at public water systems to remove or kill pathogens, including viruses, with strong disinfectants. Standard water treatment facilities that utilize filtration and disinfection to meet Safe Drinking Water Act requirements, such as the water treatment plant operated by CRW, are expected to be safe from containing or spreading the coronavirus
  • Customer Service: The Customer Service Center will be limiting its interactions with customers to digital and phone communications and a bill pay lock box for payments. Please visit com/pay-your-bill/ for a full list of bill pay options. Customer service staff are available to answer your calls and inquiries during business hours. Please contact us at 888-510-0606 or by email at
  • Provision of Services: Since water is essential to public health and safety, during the public health crisis, Capital Region Water is suspending water terminations and postings until the Governor lifts the proclamation of emergency. We are also limiting in-home service calls to those related to emergencies only, such as low or no water pressure. Hydrant flushing and street sweeping are suspended along with the associated ticketing and parking enforcement during this time period.
  • Capital Region Water is committed to providing safe water, wastewater, and stormwater services. We will continue to provide important information as we receive it from official government sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health. More than ever, we encourage each of you to be safe and follow the recommendations of proper hygiene and social distancing.

Take care of yourselves and each other,

Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Chief Executive Officer

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