Infrastructure

Clean and Green: How Waste is Turned into Energy at Kline’s Island

Did you know that bacteria are hard at work producing between 35 and 50 percent of the electricity required to treat Allentown’s wastewater? That’s because they’re helping create renewable energy used to fuel a biogas generator, which in turn supplies electricity and heat at LCA’s Kline’s Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. Here’s how it works: Biogas…

Pump it Up: The Role of LCA’s Giant Wastewater Movers

These gigantic machines are three of LCA’s six main sewage pumps, used in our wastewater treatment process. The pumps convey wastewater to the Aerated Grit chambers — the second part of the treatment process. (The first is screening, which removes larger objects — things like feminine hygiene products and disposable wipes, which shouldn’t be flushed anyway!) Aerated…

Did You Know Rainstorms Change the Water Treatment Process?

For most people, rain in the forecast is usually little more than a mild inconvenience. But at LCA, we have to watch that forecast very carefully, because rain affects how we treat and supply your water. We need to know how much we are getting, when it’s supposed to arrive, how long it should last,…

Imagine a Day Without Water

Can you imagine a day without water? No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires, and farmers couldn’t water their crops. A single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion in economic activity…

The beauty of … bacteria?

  This is a beautiful photo — but what’s even more beautiful is what you can’t see: The water purification process taking place.  The water that’s being sprayed into the air is wastewater, and it’s landing on rocks that are coated with a film of specialized, microscopic organisms. As the wastewater trickles down through the…

Allentown not alone in need for water infrastructure upgrades

There’s no getting around the fact that costly upgrades are needed for Allentown’s more than 600 miles of aging water and sewer lines. Over the next 45 years, LCA expects to spend $1.3 billion on infrastructure improvements in the city. But Allentown and LCA aren’t alone in this struggle: Communities across the country face the same…

The High Cost of Solving Difficult Problems in Allentown

Twenty years ago, I was drawn to apply for a job at Lehigh County Authority. Until then I had taken my tap water for granted, but it was the team’s dedication and the opportunity to serve my community that made it seem like a cool place to work. Over the next two decades, I learned…

Study: Water main breaks up 27% across United States

Although we’ve seen a few water main breaks this winter, overall, we’ve been lucky — especially when compared with other places around the country. A study by Utah State University’s Buried Structures Laboratory (yes, there’s a lab dedicated to buried structures!) found that break rates in the U.S. and Canada “have increased 27% in the…

On Oct. 12, Imagine a Day Without Water

Can you even begin to imagine a day without water? That’s what we’d like you to do on Oct. 12:  “Imagine a Day Without Water.” Not just your personal use of water – brushing your teeth, flushing your toilet, taking a shower – though those rituals are vital. Water is also essential to a functioning economy….

  • 2
  • Page 2 of 19 results