PROTECTING THE WATERSHEDS OF THE lehigh valley
The Easton Area Joint Sewer Authority (EAJSA) Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) was initiated as part of an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirement to monitor and control Industrial Users of the wastewater system and the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that may discharge toxic unconventional or unusually strong wastewater. The EAJSA’s IPP was approved by the EPA and initiated in 1984. The goal of the program is to prevent interference with the WWTP operations, pass-through of pollutants, sludge contamination and exposure of workers to chemical hazards.
The Program is managed by Alexandria Hoffman and currently has 35 permitted Industrial Users. The IPP sampling and analysis is being performed by M.J. Reider Associates, Inc. This monitoring is necessary to assure that the Users are meeting the regulations set by the EPA and/or EAJSA.
The main goal of the EAJSA IPP is to create a program that allows for growth in the service area in a sound environmental manner. Over the past year, the Program has taken a strong initiative to educate Users concerning the effects of their discharge, keeping them informed of current regulations and changes, resulting in compliance and WWTP optimum performance.
For more information visit http://www.eajsa.com/
Easton is the easternmost city in the Lehigh Valley, a region of 731 square miles (1,893 km2) that is home to more than 800,000 people. The Lehigh Valley is comprised of the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton metropolitan area, as well as Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon counties within Pennsylvania, and Warren County in the adjacent state of New Jersey. Easton is the smallest of the three Lehigh Valley cities, with approximately one-fourth of the population of the largest Lehigh Valley city, Allentown. In turn, this metropolitan area comprises Pennsylvania’s third-largest metropolitan area.
*Data adapted from Wikipedia