Sewer System Rehab

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…

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…

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…

Snow no! Winter multiplied Central New York’s water line woes

Parts of the northeast were hit with one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record this year, and in Central New York, it’s taken a serious toll on the water infrastructure — so much so that many residents had to resort to using melted snow to flush toilets. It’s been so tough on pipes that…

Save the Date! Public Meeting on Regional Sewer System Issues

A Public Meeting has been scheduled to review a topic of great importance to our region – sewer system overflows! During rain events throughout Lehigh County, our sewer systems can become overwhelmed with rain water entering the sewer lines through leaks, unauthorized connections and aging pipes.  Join us for a review of what all municipalities are…

Smoke Testing scheduled to start in Allentown sewer system

Beginning on Monday, July 28th, Lehigh County Authority sewer customers in Allentown may notice some unusual activity in their neighborhoods. A sight you don’t often see – smoke rising from the ground, from manhole covers, and even from the rooftops – may cause alarm, but it is part of LCA’s proactive strategy to find leaks…

Chesapeake Bay cleanup shows results, but more watershed work is needed

LCA has written before  about how things that happen upstream have a compounded effect when they end up downstream. Fertilizers, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and even mud and silt from development all, eventually, end up in the ocean. In Pennsylvania’s case, this often happens via the Chesapeake Bay. According to a new report, there’s been some progress…

It’s time to face the nation’s water infrastructure needs

Communities across the country are being confronted with a daunting challenge: replacing the aging, underground pipes that carry drinking water while also expanding service to meet the needs of a growing population. Making the task even more formidable is the price tag, which is predicted to be at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years. During…

Making sure rain doesn’t turn into a pain

April showers might bring May flowers, but they can also bring homeowners big headaches: flooded basements, damaged HVAC and electrical equipment, and problems with mold. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to eliminate or reduce the risk of water damage to your home. Examine basement walls for cracks or obvious signs of leaks….

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