The Hazleton City Authority provides an average of about 5.8 million gallons of drinking water per day to just over 15,ailment 000 customers in 14 municipalities through a system of 231 miles of pipeline in Luzerne, Carbon and Schuylkill counties. Our equipment includes six raw water pump stations, seven individual well stations equipped with water treatment facilities, three booster pumping stations, 650 fire hydrants and 2,400 valves.
The already high quality of HCA’s water from its raw sources is improved at the Hazleton Filtration Plant. HCA staff continuously monitors the treated water supply at water sources and throughout the distribution system. Chemical tests on samples are run continuously to allow plant operators to make appropriate adjustments in the treatment process. Bacteriological tests are also run continuously to ensure that the water is safe for consumption. All monitoring and assessment is done in compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (1996).
The entire water supply system is monitored with SCADA (Supervisory Controls and Data Acquisition/Distribution Control System) software. SCADA allows operators to control operations at the filter plant and remote transmission units throughout the water distribution system and make adjustments as necessary.
Water from all sources is disinfected with chlorine. To promote strong teeth, fluoride is added to most of HCA’s water supply. More information on which areas receive fluoridated water is available here.
Your drinking water comes primarily from four surface reservoirs in Humboldt, Mount Pleasant, Hudsondale and Dreck Creek. During extended periods without rain, water is pumped from the Lehigh River to keep the Dreck Creek Reservoir full. HCA has been able to continue providing uninterrupted service during drought periods because of the construction of the Lehigh River Pump Station in the mid-1990s as well as several dam rehabilitation projects.
HCA’s service area is broken down into four divisions: the Hazleton Division, the Derringer/Fern Glen Division, the Tomhicken Division and the Delano Division. The impounding reservoirs hold more than 700 million gallons of water and the storage tanks throughout the four divisions are capable of storing more than 10 million gallons of water.
Additionally, HCA maintains several wells that supply water to smaller areas. Water is also supplied from the Lehigh River, with a 2.5 million gallon per day allotment from the Delaware River Basin Commission. Wells, including some used primarily as an emergency standby, are located in Barnes Run, Buck Mountain, Delano/Park Place, Derringer, Ebervale, Lattimer, Mount Pleasant and Tomhicken.
It’s important for all of us to work together in protecting our valuable water resources. Water pollution most often occurs due to urban runoff, industrial parks, repair shops and underground petroleum storage tanks. Please be a responsible citizen and help protect the quality of our water.
To learn more about drinking water and groundwater programs authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act, call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.