*Taste and Odor Issue in the Drinking Water*

The earthy taste and odor issue that some customers may be experiencing in the water is only aesthetic in nature. The water is safe to consume.

This is a seasonal issue, due to warm weather conditions and lack of adequate rainfall. The ability to detect this taste and odor will vary among individuals. Some people can notice it and otthers cannot.

Customers can keep water in a covered pitcher in the refrigerator, Keeping the water cool makes the taste and odor less noticeable. 







Northampton Borough Municipal Authority (Owner) will receive bids online via the PennBid Program until 11:00 am, prevailing time, December 7, 2022 for Construction of Cementon Tank No. 2 and Repairs to Cementon Tank No. 1.

This Project consists of construction of a 3.0 million gallon wire-wound circular prestressed concrete water tank; excavation, backfill and embankment; furnishing and installing piping, fittings, and valves; active tank mixers; electrical service upgrades; inspection and repairs to an existing 2.0 million gallon wire-wound circular prestressed concrete water tank; erosion and sedimentation control measures, seeding and erosion control blanket; and miscellaneous work as required.

Bid Documents are available at no cost at PennBid - https://pennbid.net/. Each Bid shall be accompanied by a certified check, bank money order, or a Bid Bond in an amount not less than 10 percent of the Bid total, payable to the Owner in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders.

Laws and regulations applicable to this Contract include:

  • Pennsylvania “Steel Products Procurement Act” – Act No. 3 of 1978 as amended,
  • Application of American Iron and Steel Requirements to Fiscal Year 2016 Drinking Water State Revolving Funds under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, and
  • U.S. Department of Labor Federal Wage Determination Decision.  Bidders are subject to all applicable provisions of the Federal Davis Bacon Act Wage Determinations as set forth in the Project Manual.

All contractors on this Project are required to ensure that employees and applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, marital status or national origins; and, that the statutes and regulations of federal and state law regarding non-discrimination are met.

Financing assistance has been requested from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), other state funding sources, and/or other federal financial assistance programs for this Project and therefore all contractors are required to demonstrate compliance with federal Executive Orders 11625, 12138, and 12432 and EPA Regulations at 40 CFR Part 33, et al., through detailed documentation of solicitation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs).  Contractors must demonstrate the Six Good Faith Efforts to identify and solicit DBE firms that are potential sources for any procurement action in the areas of construction, equipment, services and supplies by including state qualified DBE firms in the bidding process.  Documentation of the solicitation efforts shall be submitted with the Bid; failure to do so may cause a Bid to be rejected.

A pre-bid conference will be held at 1:00 p.m., prevailing time, Thursday, November 17, 2022, at the Owner’s office (1 Clear Springs Dr., Northampton, PA  18067). A site visit to the Cementon storage location is planned at the conclusion. Conference attendance is recommended, but not mandatory.

The Owner reserves the right, at its option, to waive as an informality any, defects, errors, or omissions in any or all Bids; and to reject any or all Bids.



Other Announcements

There are currently NO boil water advisories for any customers of NBMA.







Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Telephone: (610) 262-6711

The Northampton Borough Municipal Authority(NBMA) is dedicated to providing its customers with

safe, dependable drinking water at a reasonable cost.



The first billing for MONTHLY ACCOUNTS is February 2023

The first billing for QUARTERLY ACCOUNTS is April 2023
E-Billing is now available!
(To receive your paperless Bill by E-Mail)
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Northampton Borough Municipal Authority (NBMA), formed in 1940, provides water service in the Boroughs of Northampton and North Catasauqua and Allen Township in Northampton County, and the Borough of Coplay, Whitehall Township and North Whitehall Township in Lehigh County.

NBMA has approximately 16,000 service connections, 200 miles of pipeline, over 1,000 fire hydrants and serves an average of 3.5 millions gallons of water per day to a population of approximately 50,000. Of NBMA's 16,000 customers, almost 14,000 are residential, and the remaining are commercial, industrial, public and bulk sales customers.

Northampton Borough Municipal Authority has two surface water sources, the primary source is the Lehigh River with additional supply available from the Spring Mill Reservoir.


NBMA is excited to announce that we now offer Debit Pay Billing to our customers! Call our office at 610-262-6711 for more information.


7The 2023 Water Quality Report is completed and posted for your convenience on this website. It is a good way to find out information about contaminant testing results and how the water you drink daily impacts your life.



Remember, even though it is 2024, this report is for the calendar year 2022. And teachers, it's a great tool to aid in water purification education in the classroom!