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Lehigh County Authority unveils $600 million plan to fix sewer problems

Nov 10, 2023


Aging infrastructure, dwindling system capacity, overflows that occur during rain events — these are the sewer problems that the Lehigh County Authority hopes to solve with a $600 million regional plan that could affect customers’ sewer rates.

Over the next couple of months, the LCA will meet with 15 municipalities to discuss how to best meet their current sewer needs as members of the Kline’s Island Sewer System.

KISS is a network of nearly 1,000 pipes that sends wastewater to the Kline’s Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Allentown. Roughly 270,000 people use the system, which treats 32 million gallons of wastewater daily, according to the LCA.

The 15 municipalities connected to the system are Allentown, Emmaus, Macungie, Alburtis, Coplay, Upper Macungie Township, Lower Macungie Township, South Whitehall Township, Salisbury Township, Whitehall Township, Upper Milford Township, Hanover Township, North Whitehall Township, Weisenberg Township and Lowhill Township.

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