Thanks to more than 66 years of quality improvement, water from the Youghiogheny River Lake was okayed for municipal supply today.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County that 10,000 acre-feet of water from the lake is available for use in developments and supply. That represents about 4% of the lake’s total storage.
The MAWC has currently requested just 2,950 acre-feet.
An Army Corps study shows that the reallocation of this water won’t affect the Corps’ flood reduction and water quality enhancement projects. Those initiatives have been in place since the reservoir was created in 1943.
Anyone interested in checking up on the quality of the Youghiogheny water can access data from the newly installed water quality monitor at this website.