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Upper Saucon to reallocate sewer services for proposed developments

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - In an effort to deal with capacity issues from increased development coupled with heavy rain storms, the Upper Saucon sewer engineer went before the township's board of supervisors Monday to present a reallocation plan for the township's waste collection system.

Sewer engineer Karl Schreiter said particularly during significant rain events in Upper Saucon, the Coopersburg Borough system frequently becomes overloaded. He said following a capacity analysis he conducted, the determined need is to accommodate additional sewage flows from proposed large residential developments such as Brinley Court and Traditions of America at Locust Valley.

Schreiter explained the plan is to take additional flow from the developments and incorporate it into the Upper Saucon system at Gun Club Road.

The sewage pumping station at Brinley Court will accommodate the Locust Valley development and will be connected to the sewer system at a manhole on Gun Club Road. He said the developers will be responsible for these infrastructure improvements which in turn will become township property. 

Most notably the sewer improvements will eliminate the need for 20-foot high flow equalization tanks considered by some to be eyesores, the engineer said.

The plans are now open for public inspection and comment for the next 45 days.

In other business, the board approved a new sound system for its chambers which will include an improved ceiling speaker system and ten new microphones for the supervisors' use.

A proposal by ComTech of Macungie was chosen by the board to install the new sound system at an approximate cost of $20,000 to the township.

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