The apparent high bid by the Lehigh County Authority(LCA) was the best outcome that Allentonians and residents of Lehigh County could have hoped for, short of Allentown retaining the water system. For much of the valley the LCA will now be the source, not just the middle man. Water and sewer lines currently running through Allentown parks already are owned by the LCA. I believe that Pawlowski may have dodged a political bullet by teaming up with the local water entity. The County Commissioners, who attempted to sideline LCA, will now have to juggle the political fallout.
Photograph shows the back of the Allentown Water Works, before the tracks of the former Barber Quarry spur line were removed.