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.