The Lehigh County Authority is a public water and wastewater utility that provides retail and wholesale service to about 200,000 people in the Lehigh Valley.
Founded in 1966 by the County of Lehigh. LCA is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors and regulated by the Pennsylvania Municipality Authorities Act.
LCA operates 13 water systems that serve 14 municipalities across two counties, including the City of Allentown. While the Allentown System is the largest of the group, serving approximately 33,000 properties, the City retains ownership of the system. LCA operates the system under a 50-year lease that began in 2013.
The Central System is the largest owned and operated by LCA, serving approximately 18,500 properties in Upper and Lower Macungie townships and surrounding areas. Water is sourced from wells, springs, the Little Lehigh Creek, and the Lehigh River.
LCA’s Western Lehigh Interceptor system provides wastewater transportation service for seven municipalities. Through this system, all wastewater is transported to the City of Allentown’s Kline’s Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is permitted to treat up to 40 million gallons of wastewater per day. The Kline’s Island plant provides regional wastewater treatment service for 15 municipalities, including the Western Lehigh systems, and LCA operates the facility through a lease agreement with the City of Allentown.
LCA also operates small wastewater treatment plants in Heidelberg, Weisenberg, Lynn, and North Whitehall townships, where collection systems are too distant from the Kline’s Island system to be interconnected. LCA’s industrial wastewater pretreatment plant serves industrial properties in the Fogelsville area.
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