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On Oct. 23, Imagine a Day Without Water

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Can you imagine a day without water? No showers, no morning coffee, no working toilets — not even water for putting out fires.

For some people, living without water is a daily reality. Yet most of us take for granted that when we turn on the tap, clean, drinkable water will flow out. That’s why Wednesday,...

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Tertiary Nitrification: How Ammonia Is Removed From Wastewater

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In our last post, we explained how plastic media filters remove contaminants during secondary treatment. Today we’re going to talk about the next level of treatment, which removes ammonia through a process called tertiary nitrification. As you can see from the picture above, it's probably not what you imagine when you...

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Fire Hydrant Maintenance — Yup, We Do That, Too

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LCA crews have been hard at work this summer, flushing, painting and repairing hydrants throughout the city of Allentown.

Maintaining hydrants is an important and ongoing task. Our crews inspect and test over 900 hydrants every year so that they’re in peak condition in case the fire department needs them. We look for leaks, check to...

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Eight Simple Steps to Protect Water Quality

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It’s National Water Quality Month — a perfect time to learn what you can do to help protect the sources we all rely on for clean, high-quality water. Here are eight easy steps that you can take to make a difference today:

Wash your car at a car wash: Even though it might cost more than washing...

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When You Clean Your Car, Keep Our Waterways Clean, Too

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It’s that time of year when many of us grab a hose, a rag and a bucket of soapy water to give our cars a good scrub.

And while it’s great to find out your vehicle really isn’t that shade of muddy-gray you’ve gotten so used to seeing, washing your car yourself comes with a caveat:...

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Wastewater Treatment Starts with Screening Out Items That Don't Belong

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As long as everything works the way it’s intended, most of us take for granted the water and wastewater services we use every day. But have you ever been curious about how water gets to your tap? Ever wonder what happens after you flush the toilet?

Through a series of semi-regular posts, we’re going to try...

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Clean and Green: How Waste is Turned into Energy at Kline’s Island

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A picture of the Kline’s Island Wastewater Treatment Plant biogas generator at Lehigh County Authority. The Kline’s Island Wastewater Treatment Plant biogas generator helps reduce our environmental footprint. The brick structure at left is one of two primary “digesters” — tanks that break...

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Pump it Up: The Role of LCA's Giant Wastewater Movers

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These gigantic machines are three of LCA’s six main sewage pumps, used in our wastewater treatment process.

The pumps convey wastewater to...

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Did You Know Rainstorms Change the Water Treatment Process?

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For most people, rain in the forecast is usually little more than a mild inconvenience. But at LCA, we have to watch that forecast very carefully, because rain affects how we treat and supply your water. We need to know how much we are getting, when it’s supposed to arrive, how long it should last,...

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LCA Employees Earn Angel Wings Through Salvation Army Donations

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A picture of three LCA employees delivering gifts for children through he Lehigh Valley branch of the Salvation Army. Chris B., Christine R. and Julian B. from Lehigh County Authority make a very special delivery of employee-donated gifts to the Lehigh Valley branch of...

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