ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Allentown is getting closer to leasing out its water and sewer systems.

The deadline to submit a bid on the 50-year lease was Friday at noon.

City officials said there's at least one bid within 10 percent of the highest bid, which triggers a "best and final offer" process.

The top bidders have until next Tuesday at 2 p.m. to submit a final offer. The lease will then be awarded.