During a meeting Tuesday, Washington Township supervisors accepted the Lehigh County Sewer Authority's request for a 5 percent increase in sewer rates. The supervisors had tabled the request last month.

The increase means that the flat rate will increase from $118 to $124 per month, and the $4.75 charge per 1,000 gallons will increase to $5 per 1,000 gallons. The Lehigh County Sewer Authority maintains the sewer system for Washington Township, and also charges for sewage treatment at the authority's plant in Slatington.

The supervisors announced that a special recycling day for electronics will be held at three Lehigh County locations on Saturday, April 13, from 9 to noon. The locations are LCCC, Schnecksville; Lowe's Home Improvement Center, Bethlehem; and Olympus, Center Valley.

Supervisors also approved donations to five local entities: $5,000 to Star Hose Fire Co.; $5,000 to Friedens Fire Co.; $3,000 to Slatington Public Library, $2,500 to Northern Lehigh Community Center; and $600 to the Slatedale Athletic Association.