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.