Wrangell Sentinel -

By Marc Lutz 

­Issues with water delivery system need costly solutions

 

September 23, 2021

Marc Lutz/ Wrangell Sentinel

Tom Weton, director of public works, inspects one of the two ozone-producing machines at Wrangell's water treatment facility. The machine is the one that has been failing and staff fear the other machine will start failing, as both are running beyond their manufacturer-recommended lifespan.

Wrangell's water supply has its troubles.

From the source reservoirs to the end users, the system for filtering and delivering water to businesses and residences needs some major overhauls -and they won't be cheap.

The problems, officials say, start at the top at the lower reservoir and dam, which send water into the treatment plant where it goes through multiple phases of filtration and then is piped to customers.

At an assembly meeting on Sept. 14, Public Works Director Tom Wetor presented a report detailing the problems with the filtration system. He also presented potential solutions a...



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