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Emmaus Ambulance Department

Water & Sewer Departments of Emmaus PA

Emmaus Borough Water Department
28 South Fourth Street
Emmaus, PA 18049
610-965-9231 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
610-965-0705 (fax)
610-965-9288 (after-hours emergencies)

Public Works Director

John Dychala

610-965-9288

The Emmaus Borough Water Department provides water service to 4,599 customers in Emmaus Borough with a system-wide average daily demand of 1.27 million gallons. The department also provides wastewater and public works services. The Emmaus Water Department is operated as a branch of the Borough's Public Works Department, which employs a total of 18 full-time employees along with an administrative staff of 6.

Storm Water Management

 

The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) was jointly formed by the Borough of Emmaus and Upper Milford Township in January 2005. Comprised of eight members – four individuals appointed from each community – the EAC’s mission is to advise elected officials, local planning commissions, parks and recreation boards, as well as the public, in matters regarding the conservation, management, and protection of natural resources within the two communities. The council works to identify environmental problems, issues and trends affecting both municipalities and fostering cooperation between the regulatory boards and the public in making environmentally sound decisions. With input from the community leaders, conservation organizations and the general public, the EAC creates plans and programs that will help educate and inform the community about such issues as watershed protection, recycling and waste management, storm water management, land use, open space preservation, and protection of the Leibert Creek Watershed.

Interested in Volunteering?

Please contact John Dychala at 610-965-9288 if you are interested in helping your community with storm water management. 

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STORM DRAINS VS. SANITARY SEWERS

It's important to understand the difference.  Storm drains and sanitary sewers have two distinct functions.

Storm drains collect and transport runoff from rainfall.  Typically these are the drains found in streets and in parking lots.  Storm drain systems do no remove pollutants from water before it is discharged into streams and rivers.

Sanitary sewers collect wastewater from indoor plumbing such as toilets, sinks, washing machines and floor drains and take it to a sewage treatment plant.  The treatment plant removes any pollutants from wastewater before it is discharged to the river.

Drinking Water Information

 

Click here for the 2013 Annual Water Quality Report

The first water system in the Borough of Emmaus was established in 1871, being a series of pipes connecting springs located on South Mountain that distributed water to customers via small diameter distribution piping. In 1927, two wells were drilled at the site of the exiting "Main Pumping Station" location at Klines Lane and Minor Street. In subsequent years, the spring connections were abandoned, other wells were drilled, and a series of water mains were installed to create the current system.

Today, the borough's water sources rely solely on groundwater. The borough pumps all of its water from six deep wells located at various locations in and around the borough. The groundwater is treated by two methods: The water from certain wells is treated by an aeration process to remove volatile organic chemical contaminants. Chlorine is added to the water supply at all individual well locations for the purpose of destroying and safeguarding against the growth of any pathogenic organisms.

The Emmaus Borough Water Department is constantly striving to provide high quality drinking water and an adequate supply that meets all regulatory requirements. Past projects have included the upgrading of five of the Borough's six wells, the most recent upgrade being completed in June of 1999. The remaining well to be upgraded will be scheduled for renovations within the next few years.

  The Borough's water usage rate schedule, effective 1/1/2013, is as follows:

Water Rates                                                                           Meter Rates
Quantity Per Quarter                                                                5/8 " - 3/4" Meter $15.00
First 40,000 Gallons $2.05 per 1,000 Gallons                             1" - 1 1/2" Meter $37.48                            
Next 500,000 Gallons $1.89 per 1,000 Gallons                           2" Meter $74.96                          
Next 1,000,000 Gallons $1.73 per 1,000 Gallons                        3" Meter $187.43
Next 5,000,000 Gallons $1.21 per 1,000 Gallons                        4" Meter $299.89
Multi-Unit Service Fee $8.00 per quarter, per unit                       6" Meter $449.83

 

The Borough's sewer rate schedule, effective 1/1/2013, is as follows:

Quarterly Sewer Rental
In accordance with directives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, uniform user charges are required.

Per Connection ------------ $ 23.75 Per Quarter
Per Each 1,000 Gallons --- $ 2.31 Per Quarter

* Rates shown for Water and Sewer are NET RATES and apply only when bills are paid within 30 days from the date thereof. When not paid, the gross bill shall be paid being the net plus 10%.

The Emmaus Borough Water Department provides water service to 4,599 customers in Emmaus Borough with a system-wide average daily demand of 1.27 million gallons. The department also provides wastewater and public works services. The Emmaus Water Department is operated as a branch of the Borough's Public Works Department, which employs a total of 18 full-time employees along with an administrative staff of 6.