About us


The Municipal Authority of the City of New Kensington

The Municipal Authority of the City of New Kensington maintains and operates the water supply system serving the principal communities of:


We are committed to delivering the best quality drinking water.

To that end, we remain vigilant in meeting the challenges of source water protection, water conservation, and community education while continuing to serve the needs of all of our water users.

Water Sources

Where does my water come from?

The Municipal Authority of the City of New Kensington customers are fortunate because we enjoy an abundant supply of surface water from the Allegheny River.

The Harold Burns Smith Water Treatment Plant draws water from the Allegheny River, which carries more than one billion gallons of water per day.

The H. Burns Smith 7 Water Treatment Plant was constructed around 1912 with major renovations occurring in 1957 and 1994 to draw from this water supply.

This river is constantly being replenished from various reservoirs to our north, including the following:

  • Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir,
  • Tionesta Lake,
  • East Branch Clarion River Lake,
  • Mahoning Creek Lake,
  • Crooked Creek Lake,
  • Conemaugh River Lake,
  • Loyalhanna Lake,
  • along with underground sources and numerous small creeks and springs.

Altogether, our treatment facility provides roughly 1.8 billion gallons of clean drinking water every year.


Early History

A brief history of development, of the Kensington Water Company shows that its Predecessor, the Burrell Water Company (incorporated on July 7, 1890) acquired the Parnassus Water Company on January, 10, 1893.

June 28, 1935
Act of Assembly

The Municipal Authority of the City of New Kensington was created for the purpose of acquiring, maintaining and operating the water supply system.

It serves the principal communities of the City of New Kensington, the City of Arnold and The Township of Lower Burrell, all located in Westmoreland County.

Jan 1943
The Municipal Authority is incorporated

The Authority was incorporated on January, 1943, it acquired the properties and assets of the Kensington Water Company for $2,050,000.00.

Present Day

Since that time the Authority has expanded service into what is now:

  • The City of Lower Burrell
  • The Township of Upper Burrell
  • The Township of Allegheny
  • The Township of Washington
  • Part of Borough of Plum (where it has acquired service franchises)