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Press Release: June 28, 2013

Lancaster Area Sewer Authority (LASA) Receives Performance Recognition

 

The Lancaster Area Sewer Authority (LASA) recently received the highest possible rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for operation of its Industrial Pretreatment Program, earning a score of 100 out of 100 on its 2012 Annual Report.

 

The industrial pretreatment program is designed to reduce the level of pollutants discharged by industrial and other non-domestic wastewater sources into municipal sewer systems, and thereby, reduce the amount of pollutants released into the environment from these sources. This acknowledgement recognizes LASA employees for their commitment to improving water quality through work in inspecting, permitting, sampling and overall oversight of its industrial users discharging to the sewer system.

 

LASA serves seven member municipalities in the western part of Lancaster County, including the Boroughs of East Petersburg and Mountville, and the Townships of East Hempfield, West Hempfield, Lancaster, Manheim, and Manor. The system includes the Susquehanna Water Pollution Control Facility which has a capacity to treat 15 million gallons of wastewater per day, 38 pumping stations and approximately 500 miles of pipeline. The service area encompasses a population of about 107,500 or approximately 23% of the County’s population. The guiding principal of the Authority is to provide quality service and apply technology to process wastewater so as to protect and enhance the environment, health and well-being of the community at a reasonable cost.

 

If you would like more information about the Authority, please visit LASA’s website at www.lasa.org.

The Lancaster Area Sewer Authority (LASA) recently updated it Rules and Regulations in order to regulate the discharge of Fats, Oils and Grease. These regulations apply to “Food Service Facilities” as defined in the Regulations.

The purpose of these regulations is:

  • To prevent the introduction of excessive amounts of grease into the Authority’s sewer system.
  • To prevent clogging or blocking of the Authority’s sewer lines due to grease build-up causing backup and flooding of streets, residences and commercial buildings, or any other discharge of wastewater into the environment resulting in potential liability to the Authority.
  • To implement a procedure to recover the costs incurred in cleaning and maintaining sewer lines and disposing of grease blockages.
  • To implement a procedure to recover costs for any liability incurred by the Authority for damage caused by grease blockages resulting in the flooding of streets, residences or commercial buildings or any other discharge of wastewater into the environment.
  • To establish fees for the reimbursement of costs resulting from the establishment of the program.
  • To establish enforcement procedures for violations.

These regulations can be viewed by clicking here. Additional information may be found by downloading LASA’s Fats, Oils and Grease BMP Manual or LASA’s FOG Fact Sheet.

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