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By Dan Rudy 

Assembly works to keep water flowing this summer

 

April 13, 2017

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Water plant manager Wayne McHolland (at left) shows Aaron Bolton the roughing filters at Wrangell's treatment facility. The roughing filters are the preliminary stage of purification before water heads through slow sand filtration and chemical treatment.

Ahead of the coming summer, the Borough Assembly held a special meeting on April 6 to get an update on the city's water situation.

Last summer Wrangell entered a state of emergency for a month, after Public Works reported its reserves of treated water were threateningly low. Once water is treated and filtered at the municipal plant, it is stored in two 424,000-gallon tanks before distribution. Due to the position of each tank's outflow about 130,000 gallons are considered unusable, effectively limiting overall capacity to 718,000 gallons.

Due to its filtration methods unsuitability to the l...



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