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. At which time the Greater Johnstown Water Authority acquired all of the assets of the Johnstown Water Company and the Saltlick Water Company.

The Johnstown Water Company 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 21,000 customers. Average consumption is around 6.5 mgd with peak consumption in the summer at 10 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.

City of Johnstown
Brownstown Borough
Conemaugh Township – Somerset County
Dale Borough
Ferndale Borough
Lorain Borough
Middle Taylor Township
Stonycreek Township
Westmont Borough

Borough of East Conemaugh
Conemaugh Township – Cambria County
Mineral Point
Franklin Borough
Lower Yoder Township
Southmont Borough
Upper Yoder Township
West Taylor Township

The Authority is a “Joint Municipal Authority”, its members are appointed by the City of Johnstown, Borough of Southmont and the Borough of Westmont, in accordance with the procedures set forth in the 1964 Articles of Incorporation for the Authority. Each member municipality appoints three members two who are residents of the municipality and one from somewhere in the outside service area. Members at Large are selected unanimously by all three incorporating municipalities. The Authority Board is responsible for all policy decisions and the financial arrangements of the Authority.

Member’s terms are for 5 years, unless they are a replacement of an unexpired term. Terms are staggered. Member with expired terms continue to serve until a successor is seate

Edward J. Cernic, Jr.
Municipality: City of Johnstown
Expires: 2019

Kevin Pile
Position: Vice Chairman
Southmont Borough
Expires: 2020

Anthony Pinizzotto
Position: Secretary
Municipality: City of Johnstown
Expires: 2018

Anthony Caputo
Position: Assistant Secretary
Municipality: City of Johnstown
Expires: 2022

Don Hall II
Position: Chairman
Municipality: Westmont Borough
Expires: 2022

John H. Follansbee III
Position: Assistant Treasurer
Southmont Borough
Expires: 2018

Edward Danyluk
Position: Board Member
Southmont Borough
Expires: 2020

William Gentile
Position: Board Member
Municipality: City of Johnstown
Expires: 2021

James McDonnell
Position: Board Member
Southmont Borough
Expires: 2019

Richard Rambish
Position: Treasurer
Municipality: Westmont Borough
Expires: 2019

Melissa Radovanic
Position: Board Member
Municipality: Westmont Borough
Expires: 2021

Greater Johnstown Water Authority will hold their Regular Monthly meetings at 4:00 p.m. in the Theodore Gaynor Board Room located at 640 Franklin Street, Johnstown, PA 15901.

2019 Schedule
January 10, 2019     (1:00 p.m.)
February 14, 2019
March 14, 2019
April 11, 2019
May 9, 2019
June 13, 2019
July 11, 2019
August 15, 2019
September 12, 2019
October 10, 2019
November 14, 2019
December 12, 2019

Committee meetings will be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Emergency meetings will be scheduled at 3:30 p.m. prior to the regular monthly board meeting. Exceptions to the above schedule will be if Special and/or Regular Meetings fall on these dates.  Any change to the above schedule will be advertised as required by the PA Sunshine Law.

Any requests under the Right-To-Know Law shall be submitted to:

Michael Kerr, Open Records Officer
Greater Johnstown Water Authority
640 Franklin Street
Johnstown, PA 15905
(814) 533-4300 x117
(814) 536-0770 (Fax)

All requests must be submitted in writing on the below Standard Right-To-Know Request Form.
Any requests shall comply with the Right-To-Know Law and Resolution 2008-04.
Any appeals to Authority decisions should be submitted to:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0025
(717) 346-9903