Safety

An image of two children drinking water to illustrate the importance of source water protection for National Prescription Drug Takeback Day.

Properly Dispose of Unused Medications During National Prescription Drug Takeback Day

Do you have unused or unneeded medications in your home? If you’re considering flushing them down the toilet, please DON’T! Instead, dispose of them safely, at no charge, during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s 20th National Prescription Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, Oct. 23 at sites across the greater Lehigh Valley. A nationwide total…

A family in a canoe on a lake. Make water safety your priority. LCA

This Summer, Make Water Safety a Priority

Despite a cool, rainy start over the Memorial Day weekend, swimming season is upon us. Before long, summer will be in full swing and the region’s pools, creeks, lakes, water parks and rivers will be packed with swimmers, boaters, anglers and people just looking to beat the heat by splashing around. And as we emerge…

A picture of someone shoveling snow from a sidewalk, to illustrate a winter storm alert post. LCA

Are You Prepared for the Winter Storm?

Regional weather forecasts are warning of a winter storm with significant snowfall Wednesday into Thursday —  well over a foot in some places. For the greater Lehigh Valley Area, Weather.gov warns, “Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations in excess of 12 inches along with ice accumulations of a light glaze. Winds gusting as high…

This Year, Give the Gift of Holiday Safety

The holidays are almost upon us, and while they will likely look different for many of us this year, holiday safety should always be a priority. While candles, holiday lights and Christmas trees make our homes look beautiful, they can also pose a serious fire risk. According to the National Fire Protection Association, candles start…

An image of prescription pills, for a post about safely disposing of unused medication.

Don’t Flush Unused Medications

Here’s How to Dispose of Them Safely Do you have unused or unneeded medications in your home? If you’re thinking of flushing them down the toilet, STOP. Flushing pharmaceuticals can lead to contamination of water supplies, because wastewater treatment plants were not designed to remove these compounds. Throwing drugs in the trash or leaving them…

A yellow hydrant gushes water across the street. LCA crews open hydrants to perform system flushing.

No Matter How Hot, Opening a Hydrant Isn’t Cool

2020 has certainly brought its share of challenges, including beating the heat. Pandemic restrictions in place to keep the public safe have prevented most public pools and other swimming areas from opening. Frustrations are rising along with the temperature. Still, while it might be tempting to crack open a fire hydrant and cool off, DON’T….

Have a Blast, Safely, on Independence Day

This Fourth of July marks the state’s third year under a fireworks law (House Bill 542) that allows residents to legally shoot off bigger, louder and more dangerous displays than have been allowed for the last eight decades. The change means there’s a higher potential for more injuries. Complicating matters is that more people seem…

Don’t Forget Hydrants When Clearing Snow

  Few people like clearing snow, but it’s a must to keep sidewalks and driveways safe and passable. While many of us focus just on clearing a space for our car and the area in front of our residence, please don’t forget something else that’s just as important, but often overlooked: the area around hydrants….

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,…

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