Macungie borrows nearly $4M for sewer upgrades

From The Morning Call on Feb. 22, 2017:

The Borough of Macungie will borrow nearly $4 million to finance improvements to its sewer collection system, part of a countywide rehabilitation effort ordered by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. […]

Macungie is expected to spend about $6.6 million on the mandated work from 2018 to 2025, according to a proposed rehabilitation master plan (a final plan is due to EPA by the end of the year).

Macungie plans to install cured-in-place pipe lining in two-thirds of its 5.6-mile system, a higher proportion than any other municipality named in the EPA order. Because it sends sewage to Lehigh County Authority-owned pipes and the Allentown-owned treatment plant, the borough also has to pay its share of debt covering their mandated improvements.

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Emmaus adds fee to fund sewer improvements

From The Morning Call on Dec. 19, 2016:

Emmaus Borough Council on Monday approved a final 2017 budget that includes a 6.8 percent tax hike and a new sewer fee of $49 a year.

The sewer fee will go toward covering federally mandated improvements to the sewer system aimed at preventing stormwater from entering the system and causing overflows at the wastewater treatment plant in Allentown. Several municipalities in Lehigh County are enacting similar increases to pay for the infrastructure upgrades required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prevent raw sewage from getting into the Little Lehigh Creek following heavy rains.

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Lower Macungie raises sewer rates to pay for improvements

From The Morning Call on Dec. 19, 2016:

Lower Macungie Township residents will see their sewer rates rise 15 percent in 2017 but their real estate taxes will stay the same. […]

The 15 percent sewer rate increase is needed to pay for infrastructure improvements required by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, according to Township Manager Bruce Fosselman.

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Macungie plans for sewer renovations, raises rates

From The Morning Call on Dec. 7, 2016:

Macungie approved a 2017 budget that has no property tax increase, but will still cost residents a little more.

Fixed sewer rates will double with a nearly $45 per quarter hike to pay for renovations to the sewer system that are mandated by state and federal environmental agencies.

Read the full article: Macungie’s fixed sewer rates to double in 2017; no property tax hike

Lehigh County Authority raises suburban water rates

From The Morning Call on Oct. 25, 2016:

The Lehigh County Authority will increase suburban water rates for the first time in four years — and some board members say more significant hikes should follow in the near future.

The authority’s board of directors voted Monday to approve a 2017 budget that includes a 3 percent increase in rate-generated revenue in its suburban water division, which includes customers in 13 municipalities. […]

[Chief Executive Officer Liesel Gross] said LCA has experienced a “year of transition” in 2016, its 50th anniversary. It’s taken a leading role in planning the regionwide effort to reduce sanitary sewer overflows — an effort mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA and state DEP must approve a final sewer rehabilitation plan by the end of 2017.

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Lower Macungie, Upper Macungie anticipate $38 million in sewer improvements

From The Morning Call on Aug. 5, 2016:

The municipal members of a Lehigh County regional sewage system have until the end of 2017 to finalize a federally mandated plan for stopping sewer overflows.

But if a preliminary cash flow analysis holds up, Lower Macungie and Upper Macungie townships will spend a combined $38 million on the initial phase, expected to wrap up in 2025.

That probably won’t result in as steep sewer hikes as those anticipated in neighboring Macungie and Alburtis boroughs. The townships don’t have to rehabilitate nearly as high a proportion of their systems during the first phase because a lot of the piping in their respective collection systems is newer. Plus, they’ve already spent millions targeting sources of leakage since the Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Environmental Protection ordered more than a dozen municipalities to address sewer overflows in 2009.

Read the full article: Lower Macungie, Upper Macungie will bear the brunt —$38 million — in regional sewer rehab costs