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  1. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Drinking Water Program Heather Newman South-central Area Program Coordinator Presents

  2. Public Water Systemsin Alaska Presented by Heather Newman Environmental Program Manager Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (907) 269-7619 heather_newman@dec.state.ak.us

  3. Regulations • EPA – Code of Federal Register (CFR) 141 http://www.epa.gov/safewater/regs.html#cfr go to National Primary Drinking Water Regulations link • State –18 Alaska Administrative Code (AAC) 80 http://www.dec.state.ak.us/regulations/index.htm • MOA – water sources serving one single family home within MOA

  4. What is a Public Water System (PWS)? Federal: • 15 service connections, or • Serves at 25 or more people at least 60 days of the year State (Class C PWSs): • Serves less than 25 people • Serves 25 or more people less than 60 days a year

  5. PWS Classifications • Class A PWS’s (Community Water Systems [CWS] and Non-Transient Non-Community Water Systems [NTNCWS] -Community Water Systems -has at least 15 service connections used by year round residents, or - regularly serves at least 25 year round residents

  6. PWS Classifications (cont) -Non-Transient Non-Community Water Systems -is not a CWS -regularly serves at least 25 of the same persons over 6 months per year

  7. PWS Classifications (cont) • Class B PWS’s (Transient Non-Community Water System [TNCWS]) -does not regularly serve at least 25 of the same persons over 6 months per year -serves at least 26 individuals each day for at least 60 days

  8. What isn’t a PWS? Not Regulated: • Water source serving one single family residence or duplex • single family residence regulated by Municipality of Anchorage (MOA)

  9. Class C PWS’s • Legislature removed funding for Class C’s • Director of Environmental Health, DEC, directed staff to not doing any work with Class C’s • Drinking Water Program staff currently not accepted registration forms

  10. Engineering Plan Reviews • Required for federally regulated PWS • Ensure PWS meets minimum standards, outlined in state and federal regulations • Approval from ADEC staff engineer required prior to construction

  11. Engineering Plan Reviews • Check List for Drinking Water Engineering Plans, Check List Guidance Document http://www.dec.state.ak.us/eh/dw/dwmain/engineering.html

  12. Water Treatment • Dependant on source and/or quality of water -sources include groundwater (wells), surface water (lakes, rivers, springs) and groundwater under the direct influence of surface water -contaminants naturally in water may require treatment to meet regulatory standards • Treatment -disinfection -filtration -contaminant removal

  13. Sampling Requirements • Sampling is required to: -ensure PWS is meeting regulatory standards -protect public health -ensure water quality -document problems with the system -required by law

  14. Sampling Requirements (cont) • Based on system type (Class A, Class B, CWS, NTNCWS, TNCWS) • Requirements summarized: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/eh/docs/dw/NorthernFlows/testing_new.pdf

  15. What if a PWS doesn’t comply with Engineering Plan Review and/or Sampling Requirements? • Enforcement actions may be taken, including: - Compliance letters -Notices of Violations -Administrative Penalties (fines for non-compliance) -System may be referred to the EPA

  16. State Office Structure • Anchorage Office • Covers Anchorage, Pipeline, Bethel, Yukon Kuskokwim, Aleutian Chain, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak Contacts: Anchorage/Pipeline – Jamie Stazel 269-7624 jamie_stazel@dec.state.ak.us Yukon Kuskokwim Delta – Doug Zellmer 269-7623 doug_zellmer@dec.state.ak.us Aleutian /Bristol Bay/Kodiak – David Edmunds 269-7653 david_edmunds@dec.state.ak.us

  17. State Office Structure (cont) • Kenai Office • Covers South-central Alaska, Kenai Peninsula Contact: David Litchfield 262-5210 ext. 224 david_litchfield@dec.state.ak.us • Mat-Su Valley/Juneau Office • Covers Mat-Su Valley and Southeast Alaska Contact: Tee Little 376-1860 tee_little@dec.state.ak.us

  18. State Office Structure (cont) • Fairbanks Office • Covers Northern Alaska – except for the Pipeline systems Contacts: Class A Surface Water, NTNC, and Class B - Marci Irwin 451-2168marci_irwin@dec.state.ak.us Class A Groundwater – Linda Grantham 451-2137 linda_grantham@dec.state.ak.us

  19. Resources • Staff Contact table is attached – email is firstname_lastname@dec.state.ak.us • Contact local Environmental Program Specialist -questions about PWS -to review PWS file

  20. Resources (cont) • Drinking Water Watch http://map.dec.state.ak.us/eh/dww/index.jsp -compliance information -Samples (and sample results) system has collected -violations systems has had -enforcement actions taken on system -current monitoring requirements

  21. Resources (cont) • Drinking Water Program website http://www.dec.state.ak.us/eh/dw/index.htm

  22. Questions?