Drought Warning

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has declared a drought warning for Northampton, Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties. Citizens are encouraged to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 10-15 percent during a drought warning.

“We’re asking residents and businesses, particularly in central and eastern counties, to use water wisely and follow simple water conservation tips to ease demand for water,” DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell said. “We suggest that public water systems that implemented water restrictions this summer continue them to preserve their drinking water supplies.”

Lack of precipitation in the eastern part of the state has resulted in extremely low streamflow and groundwater levels, particularly in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas in the Delaware River Basin, according to data from the Commonwealth drought monitoring network.

While the Authority has but put no restrictions in place, we are asking for the voluntary reductions mentioned earlier. For more information on reducing water us, please see our age Water Conservation Tips page

 

Winter 2016-2017 Activity

The authority is installing two new meter pits this winter. The first, on Black River Road (west of Route 378) was finished in December. The second, on Clauser Drive, will be installed in January. These new meters will help us better measure water flow into the authority’s central region.

The Authority, in conjunction with Lafayette Ambassador Bank, set up a point-of-sale credit/debit card service in June 2013.  This provides another payment option for customers who pay their bills in person at the office. Customers who prefer to pay by mail can use personal checks or bank-generated bill-pay checks which they set up with their bank online. We cannot accept online credit card payments.

 

Scheduled 2017 Work

The authority has an ongoing process of replacing old pipes and installing new pipes where needed. This year we will be installing about 1600 feet of new pipe along Bingen Road. This new pipe will provide a secondary source of water to the southern end of the system – providing an additional source in case of a critical main break. In addition, it will help us provide higher levels of chlorination to the area.  Work should take place during the Spring.

The authority will also begin installing a permanent sewer pumping station on Route 412 across from the Giant Shopping Center. This two-year project will include installing new sewer pipe up Meadows Road and eventually connecting to the pumping station on Skibo Road.

Authority workers will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the Township during the second half of April. This is part of our normal preventative maintenance on the system, and is done to remove accumulated sediment.  It is the water systems' equivalent of a "Spring Cleaning". For more information please see our Flushing Schedule page

Water meter readings are done quarterly, routinely during the first two weeks of January, April, July and October.  A very large portion of these readings are done electronically, without any inconvenience to our customers. We replace approximately 150 meters every year, so very few meters need to be read manually. For more information please see our Meter Reading page

Credit/Debit Card Service

The Authority, in conjunction with Lafayette Ambassador Bank, set up a point-of-sale credit/debit card service in June 2013.  This provides another payment option for customers who pay their bills in person at the office. Customers who prefer to pay by mail can use personal checks or bank-generated bill-pay checks which they set up with their bank online. We cannot accept online credit card payments.

 

Sewer Camera / Inflow & Infiltration / Sump Pumps

The Authority uses a Pearpoint P350 Sewer Camera to allow inspection of the sanitary sewer mains and identify places where groundwater is getting into the underground sanitary sewer system through broken cleanouts, damaged joints, etc.  It will also identify illegal sump pump connections.

Residents are encouraged to check to make sure sump pumps are not connected to the sanitary mains as this can cause serious problems throughout the system, including the potential for sewer backups, overflows and operational problems at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Similarly, if a cleanout is broken, has no cap, or is in the yard draining a low spot, it is contributing to the problem. During a heavy rain we can see flows in the system increase, at times significantly. The Authority and it's  customers have to pay for this water to run through the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant on Shimersville Road.

Residents can help the Authority and the City control treatment and operational costs by having broken cleanouts repaired and redirecting basement sump pump discharges into their yard area.

Basement sump pumps should be connected so as to discharge into an appropriate part of the yard. For further information, see the Sanitary Sewer Facts / Brochure pages on this website, contact the Authority at 610-317-3212 or e-mail us at administrator@lowersauconauthority.org   We will come out and work with you to identify problems and corrective actions.

This activity is part of an overall plan to reduce surface and groundwater inflow and infiltration into the sewer system, much of which comes from broken cleanouts in customer's yards and illegal sump pump connections.

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