JMA 5-12-21

The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority met on Wednesday for the May monthly meeting.

JOHNSONBURG--The final Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) report is all that is standing in the way of the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority (JMA) turning on and using the new water treatment plant.  If all goes well, the project, 8 years in the making, could come online later this month and provide water to the Borough that has struggled for years with the aging system and constant monitoring by the DEP.
The JMA Board immediately went into Executive Session after first opening the meeting on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at its Market Street location in Johnsonburg. Typically Executive sessions are held to discuss personnel, litigation, and real estate acquisition. The board announced that no decisions were made when they returned to the regular session. 

Based upon a motion, the JMA agreed to pay additional fines in the amount of $3,000 to the DEP as part of the 2012 Consent Order. JMA entered into a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with the DEP in 2012 stemming from ongoing issues and deficiencies within the water system. As such, JMA and its engineer began reviewing, evaluating, and addressing the compliance task items outlined within the COA in late 2012. As part of the COA compliance task schedule, the Authority was required to conduct a detailed evaluation and feasibility study of their water system, including an evaluation of the long term reliability of the water supply and the corrective actions necessary for the water treatment facilities and combined distribution system to attain and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act regulations. The purpose of this study was to provide the Authority with a clear and thorough evaluation of system conditions and available options to comply with applicable regulations. The COA agreement resulted in the new water plant currently under construction in Johnsonburg and continued enhanced monitoring of the water provided to customers of the JMA. Ongoing turbidity issues and several water tests have required multiple boil-water notices throughout the past year, which is hoped to become a thing of the past when the new plant comes fully online. The current fine is based upon late reporting at the current water plants and does not involve any matter that affected water safety for customers but was simply a matter of late reporting. 

Read the Full story in Thursday's Ridgway Record/ 

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