On September 9, 2020, the Greater Johnstown Water Authority (GJWA) purchased the City of Johnstown Sewer Collection System. With this purchase, the GJWA also assumed the Consent Order from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), initially ordered in 2010 which requires the elimination of storm water intrusion by December 31, 2022.
The GJWA has adopted a timeline for all property owners who are currently not in compliance to have their private sewer laterals pressure tested and replaced.
All property owners have three options to complete the required work:
- Choose any licensed contractor in the Greater Johnstown area and contact them directly in order to start your private sewer lateral replacement and pressure test.
- If you need financial assistance for the completion of your private sewer lateral replacement and pressure testing, please contact the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority at 814.535.6564 for information pertaining to their sewer lateral loan program.
- If you need financial assistance for the completion of private sewer lateral replacement and pressure testing, please contact the City of Johnstown, Community & Economic Development Department, at 814.539.2504 regarding income based grants.
GJWA is offering a grace period starting September 10, 2020 until December 31, 2021, for completion of private sewer lateral replacement and pressure testing. Starting January 1, 2022, GJWA will implement a $25.00 surcharge per month for any property that is not in compliance. An additional three-month grace period will be granted until March 31, 2022 only if the property owner has a formal contractor with a licensed contractor but is awaiting completed work. The surcharge will increase each year until the property comes into compliance per DEP’s Consent Order.
We strongly suggest all property owners start the process to replace and pressure test their private sewer laterals expeditiously.
If you have received this letter in error or have already passed your sewer lateral test inspection, please disregard this letter.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Any questions regarding lateral replacement and pressure testing can be directed to the Greater Johnstown Water Authority by calling 814.533.4300.
GREATER JOHNSTOWN WATER AUTHORITY