|The operators' certifications meet the requirements of the State of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) Division of Water. The utility's newest operator, Robert Baker, will be certified as a Level 1 operator after 1950 hours of on-the-job experience.
The utility operators consult with the mayor on a regular basis and provide both verbal and written status reports. RUBA staff reviewed samples of these monthly written reports. The report is a simple, logical, standardized fill-in-the-blank form that allows the operators to report on a given set of issues. The report includes water treatment and consumption information, fuel consumption, personnel utilization, customer complaints, problems resolved, new problems identified, and preventative maintenance tasks to be completed.
The city participates in the Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association safety and risk reduction program and has recently adopted a new safety manual. RUBA staff reviewed the utility's most recent training documents, sign-in sheets, and meeting notes. The city keeps records on the types of training completed, the materials used, and the employees who attend trainings. Recent trainings included 'Early return to work program,' 'Holiday fun, stress, and accidents,' and 'Back injury prevention and safe lifting.'
The water operators report that the water utility is operating at the proposed level of service and has not suffered any major problems or outages due to management issues. Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) providing drinking water quality information as completed and distributed as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act and state regulations. The last CCR was reviewed by ADEC drinking water program for completeness and was distributed to customers on June 17, 2009. The CCR was sent to customers by direct mail, delivered directly to certain community organizations, and posted for viewing in several public locations. The city is not listed on the Environmental Protection Agency's latest Significant Non-Compliance (SNC) list.
The utility does not have a critical spare parts list but does maintain an inventory control list. Some supplies and tools are kept on hand, but, due to the community's island location and dependence on air and ferry service, the level of critical spare parts may be inadequate to prevent a service outage. |