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Council to look at water testing: Old firehouse, PeaceHealth presentation on agenda

Daily News Staff Writer

The City of Ketchikan's raw water supply, the defunct firehouse and a presentation from PeaceHealth are just three of the more than 50 items on the Ketchikan City Council agenda at Thursday night's meeting.

The city's raw water supply -- the water that enters the treatment facility — has consistently been showing high levels of fecal coliform. The six month rolling average of samples is butting up against the EPA's minimum threshold. While the city water is still safe to drink, according to Water Division Manager John Kleinegger, City Manager Karl Amylon wrote in an agenda memo that failure to meet the threshold "will likely trigger ADEC seeking to impose a new Compliance Order by Consent for filtration of Ketchikan's raw water supply."

Before the council is a motion supported by Kleinegger that would solicit services from Jacobs CH2M to assist the utility in negotiating a new compliance order for Ketchikan's raw water supply at an initial cost of $425,000.

Also Thursday, city staff will be looking to the council for direction after an open out-cry auction for the old fire house building at 319 Main St. yielded no bids.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 334 Front St. There is time for public comment at the start of the meeting.