The Jersey Shore Area Joint Water Authority – Commitment to Excellence

Providing a Consumer Confidence Report in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. E.P.A.) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). The Board of Directors and management and staff of Jersey Shore Area Joint Water Authority (JSAJWA). The Authority is proud to serve you by supplying a high quality drinking water at an affordable rate.

The Authority purchased the water system in May 1984. The water system maintains 45 - miles of water mains, 2,550 - services, 165 - fire hydrants.

The Authority provides water to 7- municipalities in both Lycoming and Clinton counties.

JSA Fact SheetThe Authority commitment to excellence started in 1984 with a focus on both water treatment and the distribution piping system. The primary plant is the Larrys Creek Filter plant (LCP). The Authority has replaced the following key components of the infrastructure at LCP; the dam and intake structure, the supply line from the dam to the setting basin, the settling basin was completely renovated, the supply from the SB to filter plant. The filters, media, piping system and chemical treatment were all updated. In addition a new .750 million gallon Clearwater tank was constructed to improve CT (contact time) disinfection process, keeping the water at a high level of safety.

Primary Source of supply is Larrys Creek.

The Authority operates and maintains The Larrys Creek Filtration Plant. The plant was built in 1915, a direct filtration plant using multi-media filters with basic water treatment principals. The Authority also operates and maintains PCP (Pine Creek Filter Plant) located in Clinton County. The Authority well field in located on the same site, maintain a excellent ground water supply which can supplement the filter plants during emergencies and drought conditions.

Partnership for Safe Water

This is a voluntary effort between many drinking water organizations, including U.S. EPA, PADEP, AWWA (American Water Works Association), as will at many water utilities throughout the U.S.A. The goal to optimize the overall operation of the water utility. JSAJWA achieving phase III status in 2004, the Directors Award in 2009 and continue in the Partnership striving to maintain a high excellence in the water treatment process.

Water Mains and Infrastructure Replacement Program

This has been a very key component to long term operation and maintenance of the community water supply: The Authority has ID and prioritized the schedule of replacements in the piping system. During the 29-years of operations some 65% of the mains have been increased in size  adding control, fire protection, assuring a high quality drinking water is delivered to you, the customer, in your community water system.

Storage and Supply: The Authority also replaced the 1888 earth in-ground reservoir, with the construction of a elevated 2-millon gallon water storage tank. The tank provides a much improved level of protection to the community’s water supply. Also improving fire protection, and reducing peak hourly demands on the LCP.

Source Water Protection Plan

In 2005 The JSAJWA developed a SWPP to identify potential sources of contamination to the source waters. In addition networking with others, such as the PA Fish & Game Commission and Safety Zone Program on the watersheds. Watershed Protection groups, private hunting clubs on the watershed, and other governmental agencies, such as the Lycoming County Planning Commission and their staff. Susquehanna River Basin Commission on early source water monitoring program, adds additional levels of protection to the community water supply.

Jersey Shore Water FactSheet

Public Education

The Authority partnering with the PADEP setting up both a ground water and surface water model in the Jersey Shore Area School District middle school, and working with the Jersey Shore Borough Parks program and meet with are children, the future users and leaders of our community. The working model educate and enforce the importance of the water system in our communities.

Water Quality Monitoring

The Authority samples and tests in water annually or as required by the scheduled safe drinking water regulations;

The Authority operates the storage and supply using a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) which monitors water levels, pressures, flows and records information from the water treatment plants, chlorine residuals and turbidity levels, which is the removal of particular matter from the drinking water.

Additional Water Quality Monitoring In 2012

annual samples were analyzed for the 20 regulated volatile organic compounds (VOCs), for nitrite, and for 10 inorganic compounds (IOCs) including arsenic and mercury, and no detects were found. Quarterly samples were collected during 2011 for 27 required synthetic organic chemicals (SOCs) and there were no detectable findings. Two samples were analyzed in 2011 for gross alpha/beta and combined uranium and there were no detects. In 2010, four rounds of quarterly testing were completed for the 10 contaminants on the EPA unregulated contaminant (UCMR) list and no detects were found. In 2009, 78 raw water samples were collected on 3-sources of supply, Pine Creek, Larrys Creek, and Roaring Run Creek. All samples were analyzed for the microscopic organisms Giardia and Cryptosporidium and none of the samples were positive for the parasites. The PaDEP issued a waiver for asbestos testing through 2019 and a waiver for dioxin and PCB testing through 2013 because the sources are not susceptible to this type of contamination.

Terms and Abbreviations:

  • AL (Action Level): The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
  • MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.
  • MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
  • MCLG (Maximum Contaminant Level Goal): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
  • MRDL (Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level): The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water.
  • There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for the control of microbial contaminants.
  • MRDLG (Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal): The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health.
  • MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contamination.
  • MinRDL (Minimum Residual Disinfectant Level): The minimum level of residual disinfectant required at the entry point to the distribution system.
  • NA: Not Applicable
  • ND: Not Detected
  • NTU (Nephelometric Turbidity Units): Measurement of the clarity, or turbidity of water.
  • PCi/L (Picocuries per liter): A measure of radioactivity.
  • ppb (parts per billion): One part substance per billion parts water (or micrograms per liter).
  • ppm (parts per million): One part substance per million parts water (or milligrams per liter).
  • TT (Treatment Technique): A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.