|The water utility operators have achieved the necessary certification to operate the utility and are considering further training.
The current water system is experiencing some difficulties due to the age of the system, but is operating at the proposed level of service. Buildings attached to the water system need to run water constantly during the winter months so the main line will not freeze. Most of the City is served from a single water pipe. It is common to walk down the boardwalk and hear and see treated, unused water pouring from underneath city structures. The City recently had a major break in the water distribution system; however, the city had the financial resources to fix the problem without a significant interruption in service.
The wastewater system is also experiencing problems due to the age of the system, types of pumps in the system, and the available power supply. The community is currently in the construction phase for upgrades to its water and wastewater systems which will solve many of the ongoing problems.
The utility operators consult with the Mayor on a regular basis and provide verbal status reports monthly. The Mayor, who also serves as the utility manager does visit the facilities and conducts random spot checks for maintenance items.
The utility completes and distributes its Community Confidence Report (CCR) in compliance with State and federal regulations.
During the 2006 calendar year, the utility received monitoring violations from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation for failure to submit samples for Arsenic and Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids. The utility was given until May 1, 2007 to return to compliance by submitting the required samples and avoid possible enforcement action. As of May 7, 2007 the utility is on the Significant Non-Compliance (SNC) list for failure to monitor Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids (TTHM/HAA5) as required by the Stage 1 Disinfectant/Disinfection By-Product Rule. The system must collect one set of annual TTHM/HAA5 samples. The earliest the utility could come off the Significant Non-Compliance list is 3rd Quarter 2008.
The operator maintains an adequate level of supplies and some spare parts for the utility, however does not maintain an inventory control or critical spare parts list.
The operators have a safety manual and preventive maintenance plan for the sanitation facilities. These are included in the utility operations manual. The operators meet daily and conduct regular safety meetings on a monthly basis which is annotated in a safety log recording the date, topics discussed, and the personnel present at the meeting. In addition to the safety meetings, the operators routinely discuss potential risks and safety procedures before starting a job.