by Jenny Chissus
After the recent flooding in so many areas on the Kenai Peninsula, the quality of the water in private wells is of major concern to the borough. The KPB is offering an opportunity to assist the property owners across the bay. (that’s us!) They will be sending over the test bottles so that we may take our well samples, have the samples returned to Homer, and transported to Soldotna within the tight time frame required for accurate testing.
Besides having the transportation handled for you, this is also a great opportunity to manage this timely test at a reduced cost! The homeowner will be responsible for the reduced price of $39 for the water test fee, and thanks to the City of Seldovia for taking care of the shipping costs!!
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is arranging to have water tests kits delivered to the Seldovia City Office on Tuesday, October 23rd – where interested home owners may pick them up sometime Tuesday afternoon after 3pm. If you are interested in getting a sampling bottle – please stop by the City Office early, as there is a limited amount.
The key to an accurate test, will be that the test sample makes it to the Soldotna testing facility within 24 hours from the time the sample is taken from the well. It is essential that you pick up the bottle and take the sample from your well as close to the pick up time as possible. The later the test the better (i.e. Wednesday morning), but you may conceivably test as early as 3 p.m. Tuesday. It’s a 24 hour time frame and the borough plans to have the tests to the lab by 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The bottles will need to be returned to the City Office for delivery by 11:00am Wednesday morning, as they will be flown back to Homer before noon on Wednesday. The Borough has arranged to pick all the samples up at the Homer Airport and deliver them to the lab in Soldotna.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Wells must be purified prior to testing. Click here to download the information required to test your wells.
You can click on the image to the left to view the process, and on the link below to read the full report.
For more information, please contact:
Kenai Peninsula Borough
Office of Emergency Management
253 Wilson Lane
Soldotna, AK 99669
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Tagged Flooding, KPB, Seldovia, Seldovia Alaska, water quality tests, water testing, well testing
by City of Seldovia
Public Notice for the City of Seldovia
Public Water System ID: AK 2240707
BOIL WATER NOTICE
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Drinking Water Program, in conjunction with the City of Seldovia, is issuing this precautionary boil water notice (BWN) for the users of Seldovia’s community water system until further notice. This boil water notice is being issued because Seldovia’s source water has had very high levels of turbidity (above 5.0 NTU on 9/22/2012), and our treated water has had very low chlorine residual levels (as low as 0.05 mg/L on September 25, 2012).
High turbidity levels in our source water can interfere with adequate chlorine disinfection for our treated water. Chlorine disinfection is needed to kill harmful micro-organisms that occur naturally in our source water. We are not aware of any harmful bacteria in the treated water at this time; however, because the water in the distribution system has not been adequately disinfected, we are issuing this boil water notice as a precautionary measure until the water quality improves and the water can be further tested.
What should I do?
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for two minutes, and let it cool before using, or use
bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation Continue reading
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Tagged Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, boil water notice, health and safety, high turbidity, Seldovia, Seldovia Alaska
by Jenny Chissus
Sometimes, we can be discouraged about the apparent slow down of things in our little community, especially as we approach winter. A business that decides not to continue, residents that move away, kids that leave the school (due to a move out-of-town, or the home school option) can be disheartening for those of us left behind. Change is difficult, and it is hard to see old friends move away, retire or need to relocate for medical reasons. But take heart, as this year we had 10 new businesses join our chamber and only 3 didn’t renew their membership. This is progress!
The beauty is this, when one door closes, another opportunity becomes available for someone new, with new energy, ideas and enthusiasm to build a lifestyle in Seldovia. Each home that goes up for sale becomes a dream come true for a first time home buyer, retiree living their ultimate dream of summers in Alaska or new family to settle into our community! Last year, 36 properties came on the market and 17 sold, – I’d say that is pretty phenomenal for our little community!
Besides all of us who love living here, there are A LOT of folks that are very attracted to our community, and this article gives you a glimpse into all the growth “behind the scenes” of Seldovia, which makes this a great place to live, with much hope and promise!
I met with Tim Dillon, Seldovia’s City Manager the other day, to go over some of the highlights of the many projects the City is working on – at this very moment!
Beware – this is a super long list of positives!!! They are not in order of any importance, only as they came up in conversation!
1) We are looking forward to a November start on our Harbor renovation project, which will be overseen by the Corps of Engineers. The project is out to bid – as we have already received $2m for Phase I. (1 million from the State Municipal Harbor Facility Grant program, and 1 million from the Denali Commission)
Phase I will include:
- upgrading the float plane dock area
- upgrading the main float that runs parallel to Main Street (that runs Continue reading
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Tagged Aerotech Inc., City Manager, CRW, Filtration Plant, harbor renovation, Kenai Heli Ski, Seldovia, Seldovia Alaska, sewer and water upgrades, SHARE, Tim Dillon, VSW