Water & Sewer

Bethlehem residents have enjoyed municipal water service for more than 250 years since the Moravian founders built America’s first public waterworks on the Monocacy Creek in 1762.  Today, the Water & Sewer Resources Department provides drinking water to 35,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers, and sanitary sewer collection service for 25,000 customers.   Our service territory includes the City of Bethlehem plus portions of 10 surrounding municipalities in Northampton and Lehigh Counties with a total population of over 130,000.  Surface water sources in the Pocono Mountains contain 10 billion gallons of fresh water capacity and are surrounded by 23,000 acres of protected watershed.  We have ample capacity in both our water and sewer systems to meet the needs of our growing communities. 

The City takes great pride in the quality of water we serve our customers. In fact, Bethlehem’s water has been named the best tasting water in the Lehigh Valley in numerous taste tests.  Our water quality meets or exceeds all federal and state regulations. It is also “very soft” or low in hardness. This helps prolong the life of your plumbing, household appliances, and industrial equipment, while maintaining the softness of your clothes and skin 

A team of dedicated employees are committed to provide the highest quality services for our customers. Our efforts are recognized by our peers and federal and state authorities who have bestowed Bethlehem with awards and accolades. The City has been the recipient of the prestigious AWOP Award for six consecutive years which recognizes excellence in filtration plant performance

New Effluent Regulations for Dental Offices

On June 14, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Office Point Source Category (40 CFR Part 441) that became effective on July 14, 2017. 40 CFR Part 441 covers dental facilities— including, but not limited to, institutions, permanent or temporary offices, clinics, home offices, and facilities owned and operated by federal, state or local governments, that discharge wastewater to a publicly owned treatment works (POTW)—that place and remove dental amalgam, which contains mercury. Facilities that exclusively practice oral pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, or prosthodontics are not covered by this regulation. Existing dental facilities covered by this regulation have until July 14, 2020, to achieve compliance with the regulation. Any new dental facilities since July 14, 2017, must comply with the regulation before discharge begins.

City of Bethlehem Dental Facility One-Time Compliance Report 2018
CFR Part 441 Dental Office Point Source Category

The City of Bethlehem’s drinking water surpasses all federal and state drinking water standards. The Consumer Confidence Report is a snapshot of the quality of the water that we provided last year. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies.

The City of Bethlehem has certified to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission that this is an accurate electronic representation of the tariffs which are officially filed at the Commission. Users of electronic tariffs should note, however, that such tariffs are not the official documents, and users assume responsibility for reliance upon tariffs in electronic format.

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Public notification is a procedure used by public water suppliers to notify its consumers in the case of an emergency that makes the drinking water supply unsafe. Public notification procedures have been in place at the City of Bethlehem for many years but we have been updating and expanding our procedures to meet a mandate by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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J6-90,91,92 /Durham St., Washington Ave.
J6-93,94,95 /Radclyffe St., Minsi Trail St., Washington Ave.

J6-96 /Oakland St.
K6-8,9 /Monocacy St., N. New St.
K6-10,11,12 /E. Broad St., High St., Main St.

K6-13,14,15 /N. New St., Sakon Plaza, Old York Rd. K6-16,17,18 /E. Broad St., N. New St.


K6-19,20,21 /W. Walnut St., Center St., W. Goepp St.
K6-22,23,24 /Main St., W. Goepp St., Center St.

K6-25,26,27 /E. Goepp St., Elm St.
K6-28,29,30 /Goepp Circle, Fernwood St.

K6-31,32,33 /Fernwood St., Wood St., Stefko Blvd.
St., Hawthorne Rd
K34,35,36/ E.Broad St.Hawthorne Rd

K6-37,38,39 /Dellwood St., E. Union Blvd.
K6-40,41,42 /E. Garrison St., E. Broad St., E. North St.

K6-43,44,45 /Maple St., E. Union Blvd., Linden St.
K6-46,47,48 /E. Broad St., E. Market St., E. Wall St.

K6-49,50,51 /E. Market St., E. Wall St., Linden St.
K6-52,53,54 /E. North St., High St.

K6-55,56,57 /High St., Center St.
K6-58,59,60 /Center St., Main St.

K6-61,62,63 /N. New St., W. Broad St., Market St.
K6-64,65,66 /Sakon Plaza, River St., Sand Island

L5-2,3,4 /St. Lukes Hospital parking lot, Ostrum St., Seneca St.
L5-5,6,7 /Cherokee St., Clewell St., Seneca St.

L5-8,9,10 /Seneca St., Clewell St.,
L5-11,12,13 /Seneca St., Ostrum St., Delaware Ave.

L5-14,15,16 /Seneca St., Cherokee St., Fiot St.
L5-17,18,19 /Cherokee St., Alaska St., Fiot Ave.

L5-20,21,22 /Seneca St., School St., Clewell St.
L5-23,24 /Hoffert St., Stanley Ave.

L6-1,2,3,4 /W. 3rdSt. & Cherokee St., Wyandotte St., Cherokee St.
K6-67 /Brighton St.
L6-5 /W. 4th St. & Wyandotte St.

L6-6,7,8 /Pawnee St., Carlton Ave., Broadway
L6-9,10,11 /Shawnee St., Broadway, Founders Way

L6-12,13,14 /State St., Buchanan St., Columbia St.
K6-68,69,70 /Webster St., Polk St.

K6-71,72,73 /Founders Way, E. 1st St., E. 2nd St.
L6-15 /Columbia St.
K6-74 /Union Station
L6-16 /Vine St.

L6-17,18,19 /Broadhead Ave., Webster St., E. 3rd St.
L6-20,21,22 /3rd St., Vine St., Morton St.

L6-23,24,25 /Adams St., Taylor St., Polk St.
L6-26,27,28 /Filmore St., Morton St

L6-29,30,31 /Pierce St., E. 4th St., Hillside Ave.
L6-32,33,34 /E. 6th St., Taylor St., E. 5th St.

L6-35 /Mechanic St.
K6-75 /Railroad St.
L7-1,2,3,4 /Steel Ave., E. 4th St., E. 5th St.,
K7-16 /Emery St.

K7-17,18,19 /Emery St., Spillman Dr., Cold Storage
K7-20,21,22 /Emery St. Industrial area

K7-23,24,25 /Spillman Dr., Emery St. area
L7-5,6,7 /E. 4th St., Hellertown Rd., Behind Chevy 21

L7-8,9,10,11 /Millside Dr., Auburn St., Fire Lane
L8-1 /S. Easton Rd.
M7-1 /S. Easton Rd.

M7-2 /Cherry Lane area
L8-2,3,4 /Mineral Wool, Eastern Engineered Wood Products, S. Easton Rd.
L8-5,6 /Eastern Engineered Wood Products


L8-7,8 /Eastern Engineered Wood Products, S. Easton Rd.
M7-3,4,5,6 /Fire Ln., Ravena St., Saucon Woods Condos, Lavan St.

M7-7,8 /Seidersville Rd., Hellertown Rd.
K7-26,27,28,29 /Praxair, Applebutter Rd., N. Easton Rd.

K8-1,2,3,4 /Applebutter Rd., Machine Shop Dr., Foundry Rd. Not City Hyd. K7-30 /Main St. Freemansburg

J7-77,78 /Main St., Monroe St.

K7-31,31A,32,33 /E. Market St., Monroe St., N. Oak Cir.
K7-34,35 /N. Oak Cir., S. Oak Cir.
J7-79 /New St.

J7-80,81,82 /Chestnut St., Washington St., Main St.
M7-9,10,11 /William St., Seidersville Rd., Coventry Ct.

M7-12,13,14 /Creek Rd., Goodman Dr.
M7-15,16 /Stabler Fields
N7-1 /Friedensville Rd.

N7-2,3,4,5 /Penstock Ct., Forge Run, Saucon View Condos
N6-1,2 /Goodman Dr. Practice Fields

N7-6 /Goodman Field House
L5-25,26,27 /Tombler St., Jeter Ave.
L5-28,29 /Public Rd., Graham St.-Fountain Hill


L5-30,31,32 /Hoffert St., Bergen St., Russell Ave.
L5-33,34,35 /Delaware Ave., Dodson St. –Fountain Hill

L5-36,37,38 /Public Rd., Graham St.
L5-39,40,41,41A /Cardinal Dr., Summit St., Weil St., Cardinal Dr.

M5-1,2,3 /Public Rd., Broadway, Whisper St.
M5-4,5,6 /Weil St., Ritter St., Virginia Ave.

M5-7,8,9 /Kline Ave., Hillcrest St., Seidersville Rd.
M5-10,11,12 /Nantucket Cir., New York Ave., Hausman Ave.

M5-13,14,15 /Church Rd., Bobalew Trail, Hausman Ave.
M4-1 /Emaus Ave. & Fairview RdL6-36,37 /Carlton Ave., Montclair Ave

L6-38 /Fiot Ave.
L5-42,43,44 /Fiot Ave., Hellener St., Moravian St.
L5-45,46 /Frederick St., Bergen St.

M5-,17,18 / Connelly Ave., Moravia St.
M5-19,20,21 /Hertzog Ave., Lechauweki Ave., Sioux St.

M5-22,23,24 /Church St., Moravia St.
M5-25,26,27 /Moravia St., Hoffert St., Lynn St.

M5-28 /Warren St. L6-39,40,41 /E. Sixth St., Ridge St., State St.
L6-42,43 /Ridge St., E. Seventh St.

The City of Bethlehem received the 2016 Municipal Industrial Pretreatment Award from the Eastern Pennsylvania Water Pollution Control Operators Association.

The award recognizes excellence in the development and implementation of a municipal industrial pretreatment program.  The MIPP program is administered by a team of three city employees, all certified waste water operators.  The MIPP program is mandated by US EPA to monitor and control the discharge of significant levels of pollutants into the sanitary waste stream from large commercial and industrial customers.  35 companies in our service territory are currently included in the program.   MIPP staff inspect these facilities and collect unannounced samples of their discharge on a regular basis.  We maintain a close working relationship with these companies to ensure they meet their discharge limits and advise on process control technologies to reduce the level of pollutants discharged to the environment.

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Department of Water & Sewer Resources
10 E. Church Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Edward J. Boscola, P.E.

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