|The two newly hired water operators, and the city government, have given verbal confirmation that they will actively pursue necessary water operator certifications. Both of the new water operators for the City and Borough of Yakutat were hired in April and early May respectively.
The utility maintains a written preventative maintenance program including daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual tasks. A copy of the plan is available on file. The plan is carried out by the water operator and supervised by the primary water operator. Status reports are provided regularly to the borough manager, who passes information along to the assembly as needed. An inventory control list and critical spare parts list has been created through the asset management system, with the assistance of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC); however, during the May RUBA visit, the computer that had the inventory list was missing. The computer was found and RUBA staff confirmed that it was returned to the city government.
The Consumer Confidence Report data file for 2014 has been given to the community, and the community has been encouraged, by RUBA staff, to complete and distribute the report by the July 1 deadline. The utility has not been on the Significant Non-Complier (SNC) list for several years and conducts water testing monthly, as required.
The City and Borough of Yakutat has a Safety and Health Policy Plan for Public Works Department, which all utilities follow, as adopted in June 2008. The plan covers topics including a safety plan, worksite analyses, hazard prevention and control plan, safety and health training plan, incident procedures, record keeping, confined space plan and other like plans regarding specific procedures such as excavation work, emergency action plan, hazard communication program, lockout/tagout program, equipment procedures, personal protective equipment plan, respiratory protection program. All personnel are required to participate in the adjoining training plans for each item relevant to them, and a certificate of acknowledgement and completion is completed and placed in their personnel file. Additionally, the utility participates in the monthly AMLJIA safety meeting via teleconference. This serves as an opportunity for personnel to remain fresh and informed on all matters of safety, and also provides a cash discount on the cost of the utility’s insurance.|