|The operator's provisional water treatment and water distribution certifications exceed State of Alaska licensing requirement for a Small T water system. The operator is working towards his Level 1 certification; however, the next level of certification requires 1950 hours of on-the-job experience. The operator only spends two hours a day on water treatment and one hour a day with the water distribution system.
The utility operator consults with the mayor on a regular basis and provides both verbal and written status reports. RUBA staff reviewed samples of the monthly written report. The report is a simple, well thought out, pre-prepared, fill-in-the-blank form that allows the operator to report a standardized set of information points. The report includes water treatment and consumption information, fuel consumption, personnel utilization, customer complaints, problems resolved, new problems identified, and preventative maintenance tasks not completed.
The city participates in the AMLJIA safety and risk reduction program and has recently adopted a new safety manual. RUBA staff reviewed the 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 attended the training. Recent trainings included 'Early return to work program,' 'Holiday fun, stress, and accidents,' and 'Back injury prevention and safe lifting.'
The water operator reports 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.
The utility completes and distributes its Community Confidence Report (CCR) providing drinking water quality information as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act and State regulations. The last CCR was reviewed by the ADEC drinking water program for completeness and was distributed to customers on June 17, 2009, by means of direct mail, posting in several public places, and delivering to other community organizations.
The utility does not have a critical spare parts list but does maintain an inventory control list. The utility maintains a sufficient level of supplies and tools, 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. The FY09 utility budget has allocated zero dollars towards repairs and maintenance.
The City is not listed on the Significant Non-Compliance (SNC) list as of October 2010