Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania - a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. Today Bethlehem is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance promising a future as bright as the city's past.
The City of Bethlehem’s pools, Memorial, West Side, Yosko and Stark will be opening for the season on Saturday, June 11th at 12:00 noon. Clearview Pool’s opening will not open on time since there was a delay with the contractor returning to finish the repair work.
From time to time the Water and Sewer Resources Department receives complaints from residents about individuals coming to their homes posing as City of Bethlehem employees. We are posting this advisory for the benefit of our customers.
Employees working for the City are required to carry photo identification cards. Residents should demand to see this card from anyone claiming to be from the Water and Sewer Resources Department. If the person cannot produce a City ID, the resident should ask them to leave and report the incident to the police.
Water and Sewer Resources Department employees drive city-owned vehicles while on duty. These vehicles have prominent city lettering, logos, and vehicle numbers. Residents should be suspicious if anyone claiming to be from the Water and Sewer Resources Department does not have a city vehicle.
It is unusual for Water and Sewer Resources Department employees to need to enter a property unless they are replacing a water meter. Furthermore, it is extremely rare for employees to show up unannounced at a residential property. Normally, if a property must be entered, arrangements will be made in advance by phone with the property owner.
If residents have any doubts about someone claiming to be an employee of the Water and Sewer Resources Department, they should notify their local police. Bethlehem Water and Sewer customers with questions about this issue are encouraged to call Customer Service at 610-865-7070 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, or the 24 hour control desk at 610-865-7077.
The City formally commissioned its new Combined Sewer Overflow Facility on May 23, 2016. In attendance were Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez, Freemansburg Mayor Gerald Yob, Borough Manager Judith Danko, Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority Director Steve Hunsberger and Bethlehem Township Finance Director Andrew Freda, along with workers from the City Water and Sewer Resources Department. The new facility is located on the banks of the Lehigh River approximately one-half mile east of the Minsi Trail Bridge. The City’s sanitary sewer collection system is considered a combined system where storm water and waste water flow together in the same piping network in certain areas of the City. During periods of extremely heavy and prolonged rainfall, the increase in flow can exceed the capacity of the waste water treatment plant and the conveyance piping to the plant. This has resulted in sanitary system overflows, particularly in Freemansburg Borough due to its low elevation near the Lehigh River where a main sewer trunk line runs along Main Street.
Several years ago the US EPA issued an Administrative Order to the City to update its Long Term Control Plan in order to control sanitary system overflows. The new CSO Facility is designed to prevent these overflows from occurring by diverting the high flows experienced during heavy rains directly to the Lehigh River, and in the process protect the treatment plant and Freemansburg from becoming inundated by flood waters. The system can work by gravity when the Lehigh River is low or by pumping if the Lehigh River is above flood stage. Pumping capacity is rated at 45 million gallons per day. The system is designed to work automatically through a computer controlled system of flow sensors and valve and pump controls, or manually by city operators. The project was designed by Maser Consulting and LR Kimball. Site Project Management was provided by D’Huy Engineering. The General Contractor was Wickersham Construction & Engineering, and the Electrical Contractor was PSI Pumping Solutions. Construction cost was $3.2M which was funded by a municipal bond issue.
The City of Bethlehem Water and Sewer Resources Department will be collecting drinking water samples this summer from a select group of residential customers in order to comply with the “Lead and Copper Rule” sampling plan which is part of EPA and PaDEP regulations.
The posted City of Bethlehem Street Sweeping Program is in effect from April 1st through October 31st. The program has been designed to facilitate the removal of dirt/debris/refuse from all roadways within the City. The regularly scheduled street sweeping routes that are main thoroughfares in the City are posted with “No Parking” signs alerting motorists of parking restrictions for a given day and times. Vehicles must be kept off these posted streets to allow for affective street cleaning. Please be aware of these restrictions to avoid receiving a parking violation/fine.
Outside the posted streets, the City is divided into sweeping districts that are not posted and are typically swept at least two (2) times a season as resources and weather allow. During typical planned street sweeping activities, the sweepers will operate on a Tuesday through Friday schedule between 7:30 am and 2:00 pm, with operations on posted streets generally occurring between 7:30 am and 10:00 am/2:00 pm. Three (3) sweepers are typically deployed with two (2) assigned to completing the posted streets within the indicated posted times. Upon completion of all posted streets for each day’s operation, the sweepers allocated to those streets will join the third active sweeper in completing assigned sweeping districts designated for that particular day. There are currently 90 districts for street sweeping. The map is located on the City website, here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Department of Public Works at (610) 865-7053.
The Fire Hydrant Flushing Schedule is available online.