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Over the past few weeks, Lehigh County Authority has met with Allentown residents and suburban customers through a series of public meetings to discuss the lease agreement with the City of Allentown. Here is a list of frequently asked questions raised during these meetings:
LCA’s lease of the Allentown water & sewer systems
This website has been developed by Lehigh County Authority (LCA) to provide accurate and timely information to the public about our project to lease the City of Allentown’s water and sewer systems for the next 50 years. Sharing information is important to LCA, and we encourage our current customers, city residents, media, municipal officials and all other interested parties to visit this site often for updates, and Contact Us with any questions!
Project Overview & Current Status
Updated: July 30, 2013
On Thursday, August 7, 2013, Lehigh County Authority is scheduled to close the deal with Allentown for a 50-year lease of its water and sewer systems. LCA will begin operating the systems on August 8, 2013. Click here to read LCA’s statement.
Last summer (2012), the City of Allentown began a competitive bidding process to lease out their water and sewer systems for a period of 50 years, primarily in exchange for a large upfront payment, called a Concession, to address the city’s financial needs.
Did you know that LCA is the city’s largest water and wastewater customer? The city’s water system provides about half of the water supply we serve to our customers in western Lehigh County, and the city’s wastewater treatment plant serves most of the communities in LCA’s service area through our regional interceptor system that transports municipal waste to the city.
It is LCA’s duty to our customers to evaluate any project that could affect the cost or quality of the services we provide, and this lease is the largest change in how these services will be provided to the public that most of us will see in our lifetimes.
LCA’s responsibility to the public was to thoroughly analyze the impact of this concession lease on the communities we serve. Through our evaluation, it became clear that the most significant risks could only be mitigated by LCA’s participation in the bidding process, and by our submitting the most competitive bid we could responsibly offer. On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, Allentown announced that LCA’s bid was the highest bid they received.
For more details on the key factors in LCA’s decision-making process to participate in the lease, and our goals for executing the project for the benefit of the region:
Here’s an Infographic with a summary of how the agreement works (English)
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LCA at a Glance: