Greater Johnstown Water Authority

Johnstown, Pennsylvania

This page is presented to provide our customers and the public at large with information about the Greater Johnstown Water Authority, how it operates and to provide a source of useful links to other world wide web sites with information dealing with the supply of potable water to the public.

This website is in the process of migration to


Reservoirs & Water Sources
Including photographs
Map of Reservoirs

North Fork


Dalton Run

Red Run

Riverside Water Treatment Plant

Storage Facilities

Other Properties

Millcreek Basin 

Laurel Run Basin 

         Articles of Incorporation

         Rates, Rules & Regulations

         Rules for Fire Protection Services

Financial Information
Note: these are financially conservative projections

2000 Budget (*.pdf)

5 year capital improvement plan

Economic Development

Solicitation for Bids

2001 Budget and Notes  *.pdf file




Greater Johnstown Water Authority Administration
Greater Johnstown Water Authority Customers
Maps of the area
History of Public Water Supply in Johnstown
The GJWA's Backflow Control Program
Other Information about Johnstown 
Water Quality 
Water Conservation
Watershed Management & Wellhead Protection
Information on the Acquisition of the Conemaugh Township Municipal Authority
Other Useful Water Links

The Greater Johnstown Water Authority was incorporated, under the Municipality Authorities Act, in 1964 by the City of Johnstown and Boroughs of Westmont and Southmont as a joint Municipal Authority to provide potable water to the residents of the Greater Johnstown area. The Greater Johnstown Water Authority acquired all of the assets of the Johnstown Water Company and the Saltlick Water Company.

The Johnstown Water Comapany had provided water to the inhabitants of the Johnstown area since its creation by a special Act of Assembly in 1866. The water company had since its inception, a strong link with the growing steel industry. In 1929 the Bethlehem Steel Co. acquired most of the shares in the water company turning it into a subsidiary for all practical intents and purposes. The 1964 acquisition culminated 52 years of bargaining by public officials to put ownership of this most valuable local resource into the hands of the public.

The Greater Johnstown Water Authority operates three dams, two wells, a 14 million gallon per day (mgd) water treatment plant at Riverside, a 3 mgd treatment plant at the Saltlick Reservoir and numerous storage tanks and pump stations. The Authority currently serves a base of over 22,000 customers. Average consumption is around 8 mgd with peak consumption in the summer at 12 mgd. In addition to its reservoirs the GJWA has a long term supply contract with the Cambria Somerset Authority to purchase water from the Quemahoning reservoir. The combination of sources of supply provides the GJWA with a large surplus of potable water available for new users.

The Greater Johnstown Water Authority operates under the following stauatory authorizations and requirements:

Pennsylvania Municipality Authorities Act -(partial)
Local Public Agency Law Administrative Procedure in Adjudicatory Hearings
Pennsylvania Right to Know Law -Public Records
Pennsylvania Sunshine Law -Open and Public Meetings
Other Pennsylvania Municipal Laws
USEPA Office of Drinking Water
USEPA Safe Drinking Water Standards Re-evaluation

We are regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Management as to water quality, environmental and safety issues.

PADEP Drought Information


The Authority can be contacted: 
640 Franklin St. 
Johnstown Pa. 15901 
telephone: 814-533-4300 


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This site placed on line on March 28, 1996

Web Pages by Bill Barbin
Updated March 17, 2006