Lehigh County Authority considering rate hikes


ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Water rates will be higher for Allentown residents next year.

The Lehigh County Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday to increase water rates. The 2020 rates for City of Allentown Division customers reflect increases based on the terms of LCA's lease agreement with Allentown, according to an LCA news release.

The increases include an overall 4.1% increase in general rates. The increases in charges will affect the City of Allentown Division and Suburban Division customers.

The LCA plans to use the funding from the increased rates to work on the ongoing maintenance and repair of valves, hydrants, and concrete water storage tanks throughout the system. The water authority also plans to upgrade the Sand Spring and Wynnewood wastewater treatment plants.

The board approved the 2020 budget on Oct. 21, including increases to water and sewer rates for customers throughout the service area. The new rates will go into effect on Jan. 1.