JOHNSONBURG--The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority (JMA) will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, October 5, beginning at 9 a.m. at their office location on Market Street.
This meeting is being held to address the water distribution issues that have plagued the new water plant since it went online last month.
The new water plant in Johnsonburg was expected to end the water woes that have plagued Johnsonburg for years. Over the last 20 years, water quality issues resulted in a "Consent" order from the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection), which required enhanced monitoring of the Municipal water taken from both the Silver Creek and Powers Run reservoirs.
The new water plant draws its water directly from the Clarion River, and through the use of a membrane filtration system, is producing some of the best-tested water in all of Elk County. Membrane filtration, widely used in chemical and biotechnology processes, is already a valuable means of filtering and cleaning wastewater and industrial process. This process is now be used to filter impurities from drinking water, and the new JMA plant incorporates this technology. The problem that is currently ongoing with the JMA does not have anything to do with the "quality" of the water but in the distribution of that clean water to outline areas of higher elevation or greater distance from the central plant.
GD&F (Gwin Dobson & Foreman Inc.), the engineers for the new water plant, have proposed installing a 12" water distribution line to correct the issue. The emergency meeting is being held on Tuesday is due to a price increase on the pipe need for the project. The current bid from Continental Construction for installing a 12" line is $295,000.00. If a decision is not made by Wednesday, the price will increase by $12k due to cost increases with the pipe supplier. Currently, Continental Construction has a verbal hold on the pipe price, but they will need a commitment before Wednesday to avoid cost increases.
As with all JMA meetings, the public is free to attend, and customer comment is requested, especially from those in the areas currently experiencing problems. The meeting is expected to last no more than an hour, and the results will be posted immediately to the JMA website at johnsonburgmunicipalauthority.com.
Customers in the Dill Hill area are reminded that they are still under a "boil-water" notice while the notice for customers on Powers Avenue has been listed.