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Washington Twp. considers sewer rate increase

Published February 07. 2013 05:02PM

The Lehigh County Sewer Authority has asked for a five percent increase in sewer rates, but Washington Township supervisors want more information before they agree. They tabled the request during their meeting Tuesday night.

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. Currently, the approximately 500 Washington Township residents who are on the system pay a $118 flat rate, plus a $4.75 charge for every 1,000 gallons. Flow rate varies according to the size of the household, and may range from 4,000 gallons a month to 15,000 gallons per month.

The requested rate increase would be to a $124 flat charge, and $5 per 1,000 gallons. Washington Township Supervisors decided to ask for further explanation of the need to increase the rate before taking action.

In other action, the supervisors approved a $600 donation to the Emerald Playground Association.

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