Consent Order and Agreement (COA)

 

       Johnsonburg Municipal Authority (JMA) entered into a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2012 stemming from on-going 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 conducted 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 action(s) 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.  

       It is important to note that the planning level is a necessary first step in evaluating overall conditions and considerations of viable options to protect the public health and safety of the service area, coupled with adequately addressing current and future regulatory compliance measures. JMA has recently submitted the required evaluation and report of findings to the Department and therein has requested that a meeting be had with the Department, the authority and its engineer upon Department review of this study.  At this time all options presented and considered therein are conceptual and certainly require further assessment. No single option has been entirely ruled out, rather, the most practical and viable long term option served as the basis of further consideration.  It is important to note that the JMA is committed to providing the highest standards of customer service and safe drinking water to its customers, and will continue to carefully evaluate the best course of action(s). In doing so, the JMA and its engineer will work to provide updates to its customers so as to keep all parties informed on this matter moving forward. We appreciate your concern and cooperation as we continue to assess the means to comply with regulations and an aging infrastructure.