Prize Raffle, Craig Water Notice, Virtual Talent Show and Other Updates [April 28th] - P.O.W. Report

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Prize Raffle, Craig Water Notice, Virtual Talent Show and Other Updates [April 28th]

Get your project graduation tickets to support our CHS seniors! 

There are lots of awesome prizes. Drawing will be held May 15, 2020.

Contact any senior parent, or to pay with a credit card, call the district office @ 826-3274.

Craig Drinking Water Notice:


Exceedance of the Allowable Maximum Contamination Level for the

Disinfection Byproducts Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)

A test made on a routine sample drawn from the city’s water system showed the sample did not violate an established drinking water standard, but the Locational Running Annual Average (LRAA) exceeded the allowable Maximum Contamination Level for the disinfection byproducts Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Although this incident is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for disinfection byproducts. Disinfection byproducts (DBP) form when organic material is treated with chlorine disinfection. It is important that we use chlorine disinfection to treat the surface water we use as a water source because all surface water has microorganisms in it that can be harmful to your health if not adequately disinfected. However, a side effect of using chlorine disinfection is the formation of disinfection byproducts. EPA sets standards, allowable maximum contamination levels (MCLs), for these byproducts. The MCL for HAA5 is 60 parts per billion (ppb).

A review of our test results for the last sample taken on April 9th, 2020 was 32 ppb. Our treated water exceeded the allowable maximum contaminant level (MCL) for these regulated disinfection byproducts based on the Locational Running Annual Average. Compliance with the MCL is based on the Locational Running Annual Average (LRAA) of all samples collected during the last four calendar quarters. Currently, the LRAA for HAA5 in our water system is 63 ppb.

What does this mean?

This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours. However, it is important that you know that the water quality standard was not met. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that people who drink water containing HAA5 in excess of the MCLs over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Therefore, it is important that we take steps to lower the disinfection byproduct levels in our source water whenever the MCL is exceeded in order to reduce any long-term risk associated with these contaminants.

What is being done?

We will work with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to ensure that we are in compliance with DBP levels and will sample quarterly as required. If water samples continue to exceed the MCL for this disinfection byproduct, we will provide you with an updated notice each calendar quarter until there is no longer an exceedance. The City of Craig water distribution operators will conduct periodic flushing of the water system by fire hydrants throughout the City before the next quarterly samples are due.

What should I do in the meantime?

There is nothing you need to do at this time. If a situation arises where the water presents an immediate public health risk, you would be notified within 24 hours. If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water. This notice is being sent to you by the City of Craig in conjunction with the DEC. Please contact the City of Craig if you have any questions regarding this notice.

Point Higgins is having a virtual talent show

Ketchikan Updates:

  • 16 out of 16 cases recovered
  • Pending results 12
  • Test kits on order 10,000

Path to Prosperity Applications Open:

Applications are open for the Path to Prosperity business development competition - this year for minority entrepreneurs! Join us Friday, May 1st at 12pm to learn more about the competition. Visit for the Zoom link to join this Virtual Info Session.

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