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Water & Wastewater Project Updates

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An Overview: Wastewater Project

The Borough of Kutztown, under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES), is required to remove phosphorus from the effluent (treated water) of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

Located off of Krumsville Road and Route 737, the Borough’s current Wastewater Treatment Plant (sewer plant) was built in 1939, and it has outlived its useful life. 

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An Overview: Water Project

Historically, the well field property has been actively farmed by a nearby farmer.  Due to this and to the site’s close proximity to extensive farming tracts, nitrate levels at the Kutztown wells have been a concern. 

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How Will This Impact You, the Consumer?

To cover the debt service on this long-term investment to properly treat the Borough’s water and wastewater, a 30% water rate increase and a 40% sewer rate increase will be instituted and reflected in your monthly bill, beginning with the February 2012 statement.

If you have any questions about these vital projects, please contact Borough Manager Gabriel Khalife at 610-683-6131.