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2019 City of Cordova Water Quality Report

We are pleased to present this year's Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This report is designed to provide details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. This report is a snapshot of last year's water quality. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies.

Water Conservation 08/29/19

As of the morning of 8/29/19 the tanks are maintaining. Morpac is at 6.5 feet this morning, the other tanks are at acceptable levels. We processed 2.923million gallons in the last 24 hours. Currently, two pumps are running at Eyak Lake. Murcheson is contributing 300 gallons per minute. Meals Reservoir is estimated at 8.0 feet below the spill way. The daily demand of water is not decreasing at a rate that is allowing us to lessen the amount of water coming from Meals Reservoir. Meals reservoir continues to drop and as the volume of water decreases in the reservoir the impact of the water being drawn out will deplete the level of the reservoir faster. There is rain in the forecast starting Sunday 9/1 and currently forecasted to last through Tuesday. The forecast then returns to sun. This rain will be very helpful, but it will not be enough to replenish the city’s water system. We will remain in conservation mode until further notice. We are at critically low levels and are working with the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator to get the word out to conserve. We are also working with Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and State Emergency Operation Center on potential ideas to help conserve water.

Please remain diligent in conserving water where and whenever possible.

Remember 3 days of rain does not solve the water shortage. 

Water Conservation 8/26/19

As of the morning of 8/26/19 the tanks are maintaining. Morpac is at 8.5 feet this morning, the other tanks are at acceptable levels. We processed 2.965 million gallons in the last 24 hours. Currently, two pumps are running at Eyak Lake. Murcheson is contributing 300 gallons per minute. Meals Reservoir is 7.5 feet below the spill way.  We continue to tweak the system to use as much water as possible from Eyak Lake and the smallest amount possible from the reservoir. Heney Creek is still supplying water to Meals Reservoir which helps but is not replacing all the water removed. We hope to see a decrease in daily water demand as processors decrease use. As of this morning, we are still at a daily water demand that continues to drain Meals Reservoir. Large daily demands for water means we have to draw more water from the reservoir than is being replaced.

The rain forecast continues to push back; Sunday 9/1 is the first forecasted rain. While there was some rain on Sunday, we need consecutive days of rain to increase the flow from Murcheson and to regain flow from Orca. When this happens, we can decrease the flow from the reservoir to begin replenishing it. Over the next 8 to 10 days it is crucial that water is used conservatively. With no rain forecast for 6 days, large quantities of fish for processing predicted, consecutive openers, and the reservoir at 7.5 feet below the spill way and dropping, every drop of water is important. We are at crucial point where the reservoir is losing water at a faster rate and without the water input from the reservoir will not have enough water to meet the demand.  It seems that rain has to come soon, but we have to get to that day with what water we have and that amount is decreasing, truly every gallon of water matters at this point.

The water department is working diligently to meet the daily water demands, please help by conserving water whenever possible. Check hoses and any other potential sources of running water on regular basis.

Try doing a rain dance! Thanks for Conserving!

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