City seeks comments on stormwater solutions
When it rains, water flows from rooftops, streets, sidewalks and parking lots into the sewer system in Lancaster city. Along the way, it picks up pollutants.
Most of the time, the city can clean polluted water at its treatment plant. But during heavy storms, the amount of water overwhelms the plant's capacity, allowing about 750 million gallons of polluted water to flow into the Conestoga River each year.
Under pressure from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the city is trying to address the problem.
At a series of public neighborhood meetings in the next few weeks, Mayor Rick Gray and city officials will discuss the issue and proposed actions that will affect city property owners.
Meetings will be held:
n Tuesday, April 2, at the Lancaster Rec Center, 525 Fairview Ave., adjacent to the Brandon Park parking lot, accessible from New Dorwart Street.
n Wednesday, April 10, at Reynolds Middle School, 605 W. Walnut St.
n Tuesday, April 16, at McCaskey East High School, 1051 Lehigh Ave.
n Thursday, May 2, at Community United Methodist Church, 130 Tennyson Drive
All meetings start at 7 p.m.