|The operator has achieved the necessary certifications to operate the current sanitation facilities.
The operator has a preventive maintenance plan for the sanitation facilities contained within the utility operations manual. The utility could not locate a safety manual and, as the operator is an independent contractor, he does not participate in any kind of administrative meetings including safety meetings.
The utility operator consults with the City Administrator and Mayor on a regular basis and provides verbal status reports. 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.
As of the latest Significant Non-Compliance (SNC) list, the City of Kasaan was not listed. However, on March 7, 2007 the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued a Notice of Violation for the City of Kasaan. The Notice of Violation was issued for the following violations:
' Failure to meet filtration requirements under the Surface Water Treatment Rules.
' Failure to monitor Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids as required by the Stage 1 Disinfectant/Disinfection By-Product Rule
' Failure to meet Maximum Contaminant levels for Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids as required by the Stage 1 Disinfectant/Disinfection By-Product Rule
' Exceedance of the Action Level for Lead.
Additionally, on May 31, 2007 the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) issued another Boil Water Notice because the system was temporarily by-passing its filtration. The type of filters that the system is currently using are no longer being manufactured and the utility has exhausted its supply of replacement filters. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and ADEC have been working on the filtration situation to correct the recent NOV and boil water notice. On June 11, 2007, ANTHC installed a new type of filter system to experiment with the practicality of using this type of filters with this particular water treatment system. The test of the new filters was unsuccessful and concluded after only one day of testing. Premature plugging of the new filters forced the end of the trial after producing less than 10,000 gallons. ANTHC is still working with industry representatives to come up with other feasible solutions.
Apart from the water filters, 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.