Johnsonburg breaks ground for $14.6 mil water treatment plant

Staff Writer

JOHNSONBURG – Over 10 years of hard work came to an end with the groundbreaking ceremony today in Johnsonburg at 107 First Avenue, the future home of the new Johnsonburg Municipal Authority (JMA) water treatment plant. 
The ceremony is the culmination of years of work and planning by the JMA, Johnsonburg Borough, the Elk County Commissioners, and Representative Matt Gabler. Upon completion, the new water plant will be one of the most technologically advanced in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
"We had a choice," said Eric Poague JMA chairman. "We could tie into Ridgway or St. Marys water, refurbish our old plant which the Pa. DEP no longer found acceptable, or build a new plant."
He explained why JMA chose the latter.
"Johnsonburg likes to stand on its own two feet," said Poague. "So we decided to go with the new plant, to serve the residents of Johnsonburg for many years to come."