|The utility does not have a safety manual nor do they hold safety meetings. A preventative maintenance plan was adopted by the St. George City Council on June 19, 2009, but is not adequately funded or consulted.
There have been no major outages of the utility due to managerial errors. St. George is listed on the most recent (July 2011) SNC list. The issue is primarily a lack of water sampling; the utility manager confirms that St. George currently does not do water sampling, testing, or treatment at all. The SNC report specifies: 'System needs to sample for TCR, Nitrate, lead and copper, VOC and renew SOC monitoring waiver.'
The utility manager and mayor both cite geographic inaccessibility and weather impacted flight delays as contributing to the difficulties of maintaining a regular and compliant testing schedule. Frustration with the process has apparently culminated in simply abandoning any sort of water monitoring program.
RUBA staff note that the lack of water treatment specific training and certification for the utility manager also contributes to the lack of water testing and treatment. The new utility manager was recruited last year, and has considerable experience and skill with plumbing and maintenance. With additional water treatment specific training, he will be able to restore a regular testing schedule. RUBA staff strongly recommends that the city support the utility manager in working toward operator certification. This utility manager is an ideal choice for the role - capable, committed, and skillful in the improvisational and creative maintenance required for this aging water distribution system in a very geographically isolated community.
The utility does not produce or distribute a 'Consumer Confidence Report' as water is not sampled or tested.|