|The water utility’s primary water operator is certified Level 1 wastewater treatment, Level 1 wastewater collection, and Level 1 water distribution. The back-up operator was previously certified in Level 1 wastewater collection and Level 1 wastewater treatment, but both of these certifications lapsed December 31, 2013 due to unmet continued education unit (CEU) requirements. Certification may still be renewed if these requirements are met by June 30, 2014. It is recommended that the back-up water operator obtain CEU’s in order to renew wastewater collection and treatment certification, but also begin the process of becoming certified in water distribution. The relevant indicator of this section indicator is satisfied, as the primary water operator meets all certification requirements.
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 are being created through the asset management system, with the assistance of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC).
The 2012 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) has been completed, and the 2013 CCR will soon be undertaken. 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.|