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LCA Now Fluoridates Water in Lower Mac

Since Jan. 1, the Lehigh County Authority has been piping Allentown's fluoridated water to Lower Macungie homes.

Did you know public drinking water in Lower Macungie is now flouridated?

Township residents with public connections get their water from Lehigh County Authority (LCA).

As part of a ongoing regionalization of the water supply, LCA signed a deal with Allentown a few years ago to connect to the city's water system. The connection was recently completed and city water has begun flowing into the LCA water system last month. The deal obligates LCA to purchase a certain amount of water from the city starting in 2013 and increasing that amount in subsequent years.

Since the city flouridates it's water, our drinking water supply here in LMT is now flouridated. For now, the concentration is less than in the city but this amount will increase as LCA continues to increase it's water purchases from Allentown. 

There has long been public debate over whether flouridating the water supply is a good thing. It's long been a contentious issue in the city since it began flouridating in 2000.

Water Flouridation Controversy - Wikipedia article
The next Allentown water issue could be flouridation - Mcall

Another byproduct of the purchasing agreement is that LMT previously had mainly well water. Generally well water is considered a higher quality water source than surface water from a creek or reservoir. For years some including the 'Friends LMT' organization have linked development pressure on the Little Lehigh creek watershed to the water supply quality in Allentown, since the city gets most of it's water from the creek. 

Now with the new agreement in place, LMT also gets it's drinking water in part from the Little Lehigh Creek. Perhaps now this will open some eyes to issues surrounding the water quality of our watershed in relation to development pressure and policies by our current and previous boards that continue to put flooding, sediment and water quality pressure on the creek.

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Janet Persing February 08, 2013 at 01:34 AM
The misuse of "it's" really detracts from what the author tries to say. "It's" means "It is", which doesn't work anywhere it is written above.
Ron Beitler February 15, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Sry Janet, I write alot of this stuff either late at night or real quick during the little bit of free time I have! Definitely not a professional writer..... Just a blogger who thinks it's important to keep ppl informed. I do appreciate keeping me honest with grammar. Not being facetious, I honestly need that little kick every now and then.
Janet Persing February 16, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Sry? Not a word. And ppl is my electric company.
Colleen Anderson January 27, 2014 at 04:16 AM
Well gosh Janet, "alot" is two words. Did you miss that one? How about looking at the big picture and being grateful for the information Ron is passing along. This was about something far more important - our water! I appreciate it Ron!

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