Waterworks Blog

Storm Report: Sewer overflows & cleanup efforts

Last week, the Lehigh Valley received record rainfall in the amount of more than 8 inches beginning on Thursday, September 30, and continuing overnight into Friday, October 1, 2010.  For Lehigh County Authority (LCA) and the municipalities that are connected to its regional sewer system, the storm brings the issue of leaking sewer lines into…

State declares Drought Warning

On September 16, 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) declared a Drought Warning for most areas of eastern Pennsylvania, including Lehigh and Northampton counties, due to prolonged dry conditions across the state and precipitation well below normal. What is a Drought Warning? This DEP declaration is the second stage of drought declarations, which…

What are we doing to battle sewer system overflows?

In late 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an order for all the municipalities using the regional sewer system in central Lehigh County to eliminate sewer system overflows that have plagued our system for quite some time. Municipalities throughout the region have sewer systems providing service to residents and businesses. These sewer systems are…