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Street Cleaning - April thru December

Additional streets have been added to the cleaning schedule. Please take note of signs posted on the street where you park to allow the Public Works Department to efficiently clean the street and avoid a parking ticket. If a scheduled street cleaning day falls on a holiday, unless otherwise specified that street will not be cleaned until the following regular cleaning day. Should you have any questions, please contact Borough Hall.

West Reading Borough Residents

At any time, day or night when a sewer backup occurs at your home or business your first call should be to the Borough. As part of your sewer maintenance fee, the Public Works Department will plunge the sewer trap located near your home/business in an effort to remove the clog, which possibly will negate the need to hire a plumber. During normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, contact Borough Hall at 610-374-8273, ext. 221. Outside of normal business hours contact the non-emergency Police line at 610-373-0111 to dispatch a member of the Public Works Department to your location.

Easter Egg Hunt

Hop on over to the West Reading Fire Department on April 8th and join the Easter Bunny for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Be sure to bring your own basket - big enough to hold all of the eggs you'll find!

Date: Saturday, April 8th
Location: West Reading Fire Department
Time: Check-in time is 9:30 AM and the Easter Egg hunt will begin at 10:00 AM.
Registration: Pre-Registration is required.

Please complete an Egg Hunt registration form for all children and submit to Borough Hall by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 7th. Please note: The Easter Egg Hunt is for West Reading children only.

Housing Review Board

The Housing Review Board (HRB) currently has vacancies. The HRB meets on an as needed basis to review appeals pertaining to code enforcement issues. Interested residents should forward a letter of interest to:

Borough of West Reading
Attn: Cathy Hoffman, Borough Manager 
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611

Employment Opportunity

West Reading Borough Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for summer employment for the following position:
   - Lifeguard

Interested applicants should submit the following Job Application to Borough Hall.

Job Application


New Life EC of Reading has a representative going door-to-door distributing flyers through April 30, 2017.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 8th - Easter Egg Hunt
Friday, May 5th - Father Daughter Dance
Saturday, May 20th - Community Yard Sale
Saturday, May, 27th to Monday, May 29th - Pool Opens for the weekend
Saturday, June 3rd - Pool opens for the summer
Monday, June 12th - Summer Playground begins
Friday, July 7th - Moonlight Swim
Friday, July 14th - Moonlight Swim
Friday, July 21st - Moonlight Swim
Friday, July 28th - Moonlight Swim

2017 Hydrant Flushing Dates

Periodically you will see Public Works personnel releasing water from hydrants. Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing is also done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes.

The following dates are planned for 2017:

Week of April 10 - 14
Week of October 16 - 20

Online Utility Payment

An online payment option is now available. If you have an internet connection and an e-mail address, you may remit payment of your utility bill online. Please visit:

**Please Note: This feature is currently not available for real estate tax payments, nor permit fees.

Online Parking Ticket Payment

Parking tickets may be paid online by visiting the following link:

Only parking ticket #'s that start with "PV" can be paid through this link. There is an additional fee of $1.98 to pay your parking ticket online.

Important Trash Information

Reminder: Bulk collection is the first Friday of every month and only one bulk item per household will be collected. Please Note: Borough Ordinance prohibits placing these items on the exterior of property prior to bulk collection day.

Also, a reminder to place only approved recyclable materials in your recycling containers. Please do not place trash items in these containers.

Special Notice Regarding Trash/Recycling

The Code Enforcement Department will continue to be placing an emphasis on the enforcement of trash/refuse bags that are not in durable, water-tight containers with lids.  Notice of violation letters will be posted on any property found to be in violation.  If the violation continues citation(s) will be filed with the District Justice. We request your cooperation with the following items to ensure the health and safety of our residents:

1) All refuse must be stored in durable, water-tight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers which cannot be larger than thirty-five (35) gallons. It is recommended to mark your containers with your address.

2) Each household may place four (4) trash cans per collection day curbside for pickup. One bulk item per household will be collected on the first Friday of every month.

3) Trash/recycling may placed out for collection as Noon the day prior to collection and removed promptly or no later than midnight the day of collection.

4) Trash collection remains every Tuesday and Friday. Recycling collection remains every Wednesday.

5) Yard waste must be placed in biodegradable bags for collection or arrangements made with the Borough Garage for disposal. Please contact the garage at 610-374-8605 to schedule an appointment between the hours of 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The garage is located at 1st Avenue and Chestnut Street.

6) Electronic items such as microwaves, televisions, air conditioners, etc. will not be collected by the trash nor recycle haulers.  These items must be recycled due to hazardous materials.  Please contact Berks County Solid Waste Authority at 610-478-6362 or visit their website at for more information.


Attention businesses and residents of West Reading Borough. If you receive a phone call from "PP&L" requesting money to avoid electric shut off, please contact West Reading Police at 610-373-0111.

Water Quality Report Information

Every year at this time the Borough provides all of our water users with a water quality report for the previous year. The report contains important information regarding the source and quality of your drinking water. This year, in lieu of mailing a paper copy to each residence in the Borough, we are providing the information on our website which you may access by clicking here.  However, should you still wish to have a copy mailed to you, please contact the Administration Department at 610-374-8273, option 1 and we will be happy to mail the information to your residence.

Buttonwood Street Bridge Closure

For information on the detours and the latest news/updates regarding the Buttonwood Street Bridge please click on the link listed below: 

CodeRED Emergency Notification Program

To learn more about this program and to register, click on the CodeRED logo below.

The CodeREDâ„¢ Emergency Notification System is an extremely FAST Communication Service available for mass Emergency Notifications.  CodeREDâ„¢ employs one-of-a-kind Internet maping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines, at the rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.

If you know of anyone who hasn't registered to receive the CodeREDâ„¢ alerts, and they live in West Reading, please encourage them to do so.


Frequently Asked Questions

Important Information from Western Berks Water Authority

In case of a water related emergency and to get up-to-date information on the water advisory, please go to and click on the "water advisory" link.





Upcoming Event

Recreation Commission meeting
See Details


The Borough of West Reading
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611
Office: 610-374-8273
Fax: 610-374-8419
E:mail: webmaster
Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.