28 South 4th Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 | info@borough.emmaus.pa.us.com | (610) 965-9292

Public Works

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:  Lawrence Carl, 610-965-0723, email: lcarl@borough.emmaus.pa.us

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 19 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee and an administrative staff of 3.

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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 1/1/2022, is as follows:

Water RatesMeter Rates
Quantity Per Quarter (per 1,000 Gallons)5/8 ” – 3/4″ Meter $20.00
First 40,000 Gallons $2.501″ – 1 1/2″ Meter $43.43
Next 500,000 Gallons $2.312″ Meter $90.50
Next 1,000,000 Gallons $2.113″ Meter $222.77
Next 5,000,000 Gallons $1.484″ Meter $355.02
Multi-Unit Service Fee $8.00 per quarter, per unit6″ Meter $531.35
Capital Infrastructure Charges:
Water Meter Size:Per Quarter:
5/8″ – 3/4″$15.00
1 1/2″$27.97

The Borough’s sewer rate schedule, effective 1/1/2020, is as follows:

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

Per Connection ———— $ 25.00 Per Quarter Per Each 1,000 Gallons — $ 2.80 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%.


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