The Pretreatment Information Exchange (LVPIX) a non-profit watershed organization will
be conducting an information seminar and plant tour titled Wastewater Treatment 101,
The Why’s, Where For’s, and How-to’s on Tuesday, May 5. 2009. The event will be held
at the City of Allentown’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, 112 Union Street, Allentown, Pa.
from 8:30 AM to Noon. Presenters and tour guides from the City of Allentown
Wastewater Treatment Plant will be on hand to share their knowledge of the plant and its
operations. Registration is free of charge but limited. Visit www.lvpix.org for more
The objective of the seminar and tour is to give businesses a clear understanding of
wastewater treatment. Effective wastewater treatment is necessary to protect the
Lehigh and Delaware Rivers and allow economic growth to continue.
Wastewater treatment plants treat a mixture of domestic, commercial and industrial
wastes. As with all treatment plants, Allentown’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has
undergone many changes to reduce their negative impact on the environment, such as
its capabilities for sewage flow that can be handled daily and the mitigation of odors.
The Allentown plant is located on 30 acres of land and possesses many treatment
structures located throughout the plant. Each of these combined with the others
produces the final effluent and biosolids which are ready for disposal according to state
and federal regulations. The plant is the largest industrial complex in the City of
Allentown and the fourth largest of its kind in Pennsylvania.
About Pretreatment Information Exchange (PIX)
The Pretreatment Information Exchange (PIX) was created by pretreatment personnel
from the Allentown, Bethlehem, Catasauqua and Easton wastewater treatment plants.
Its objective is to bring municipalities, discharging businesses, regulators,
environmentalists and concerned citizens together in a synergistic coordinated group to
leverage limited resources through information sharing, networking, and mentoring;
enabling businesses and municipalities that have successfully managed environmental
issues to assist those with similar issues in a discrete and non-regulatory manner.