Green Ideas

LCA Recognized for Watershed Stewardship, Sustainability

Lehigh County Authority is one of just 65 water utilities across the country to be recognized for watershed stewardship and resource recovery by the Utility of the Future Today program. The “Utility of the Future Today recognition program celebrates the achievements of water utilities that transform from a traditional wastewater treatment system to a resource…

Capture Free Water for the Garden with a Rain Barrel

There’s been an unprecedented interest in gardening since the COVID-19 restrictions were put in place. Seed supply companies and plant nurseries have been struggling to keep up with the demand. “Not in any recorded history have there been sales at these levels, certainly in the last 20 years,” Dave Thompson, director of sales and operations…

A Simple Sprinkler Spruce-Up Could Save 25,000 Gallons of Water!

Temperatures are rising and lawns and gardens are starting to turn green again, which means we’re entering sprinkler season. But did you know that homes with timer-controlled irrigation systems use about 50 percent more water outdoors than homes without irrigation systems? When it comes to a home’s irrigation system, a little maintenance goes a long…

Tips For Saving Water While Staying at Home

We’re all spending a lot more time at home because of COVID-19, which means we’re all using more water at home, too. And that’s OK — LCA crews are always hard at work, 24-7, to ensure your water is clean and safe. But that doesn’t mean we all shouldn’t be taking steps to conserve water,…

Don’t Be a Drip, Stop Those Drops For “Fix a Leak Week!”

Got leaks? Then it’s a great time to break out the toolkit. This coming Monday kicks off the EPA’s annual Fix a Leak Week, which runs March 16 through March 22 this year.   “Fix a Leak Week is a great time to proactively do some checking to be sure leaks aren’t lurking where you…

A Cheap, Easy Way to Check Your Toilet For Leaks

Did you know that a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day? That’s an expensive problem! Fortunately, diagnosing and fixing it yourself is simple — and can often cost less than $15 (of course, you should call a plumber if you’re not comfortable attempting it yourself). First, to find out if a toilet…

Simple Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

As the holidays wind down and the pine needles pile up, it’s time to consider what to do with your Christmas tree. Don’t just toss it out with the trash, though. There are quite a few eco-friendly solutions to consider instead. Residents of Bethlehem, Allentown and some other local municipalities can set their tree out…

Cold Weather Is Here — Protect Those Pipes and Meters From Freezing!

All the water meters in the picture above needed to be replaced because they froze. With more cold weather on the way, it’s important to protect your pipes and meters.   With just a little over a month before the official start of winter (Dec. 21), we’re already seeing temperatures that seem to indicate the…

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