We successfully started the Blue Lake Expansion Project’s generation outage, yesterday, August 17, 2014 – a week ahead of schedule! Sitka is now only generating electricity at Green Lake and drinking filtered Indian River water for approximately 63 days.
After another day of extremely heavy rainfall yesterday, Indian River again experienced extraordinary high flow causing high turbidity and discoloration. All disinfection requirements were met through Sunday’s storm. The temporary filtration plant is handling the high turbidity and operating well, however, use of water was higher than expected – please do not waste water. The yellowish color in the water will not clear with flushing; wasting water only unnecessarily taxes the temporary treatment equipment.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO CONSERVE BOTH ELECTICITY AND WATER FOR THE NEXT 63 DAYS! The power supply status traffic light is now red (see below). Once the generation outage is complete the new Blue Lake Expansion powerhouse will be on line and Blue Lake will permanently become our drinking water source again.
Due to heavy rainfall, Indian River has a remarkably high flow rate and natural organic tannins are making some drinking water yellow. Despite the yellow color, the water is safe to drink and meeting drinking water standards. Some may recall when Indian River was the primary water source before Blue Lake and this occurrence happened each year.
Water testing is now occurring at the Indian River temporary water filtration plant. Indian River will serve as Sitka’s primary water source for the next 60-120 days depending on the construction schedule at the Blue Lake Dam Expansion Project.
Please take note of the drinking water switch and CONSERVE WATER! Operational costs at the Indian River temporary filtration plant will be significantly reduced if everyone can decrease their water usage. For tips on how to save water please visit www.bluelakeexpansion.com/generation-outage.html.
The construction on the expansion of the Blue Lake Hydroelectric Project is nearing its most critical stage. All current systems from Blue Lake, including electric generation and municipal potable water will be shut down and commissioning of the new power house and associated systems will begin. This means that Sitka’s pristine drinking water from Blue Lake will temporarily be switched to filtered water from Indian River beginning as early as July 15, 2014 and lasting as long as 120 days. The filtration system at Indian River will be intermittently tested with treated water flowing into the distribution system beginning as early as July 15th and fully switched by August 24th.
Also beginning August 24, Sitka will be drawing all its energy from the Green Lake Hydroelectric Project and using diesel generation if needed. Please conserve energy and water. While the schedule for completion is set for early November, this period may be extended to complete commissioning. The traffic light Power Supply Status will be frequently updated on this website to show the status of energy available. For more information please visit www.bluelakeexpansion.com.
Click on this link for a PDF version of this: Blue Lake Water Switch
Construction on the West Breakwater of the North Entrance to Thomsen Harbor has started and will continue through September 2014. An Anchor Barge with a crane with a 120 foot high boom will be moored in the vicinity of the opening placing rock. All traffic is advised to avoid the West side of the entrance and use the East side of the North Entrance between markers #7 and the temporary red buoy #8. In addition work will also start on an extension of Channel Rock Breakwater toward Japonski Island and all traffic should avoid the area. If you have any questions please visit or call the Sitka Harbormaster at (907) 747-3439.
Wondering if the Blue Lake Expansion Project is on Schedule?
Click HERE to view a graphic which shows the project’s schedule as well as major construction milestones that have been completed and upcoming milestones. The graphic will be updated monthly on the Electric Department page and the Blue Lake Expansion Facebook page.
Click: Ordinance 2014-07 to see amendments to Sitka General Code Title 13 that reenacts certain sections to update the laws governing conduct and use of Sitka Municipal Harbor Facilities by adopting requirements for vessel maintenance, care and procedures for impounding nuisance vessels. These changes go into effect on May 8, 2014.
A newly reenacted commission, the Strategic Planning Commission will assist the Assembly in developing, planning, and implementing strategic and planning priorities as determined by the Assembly. This newly formed commission will focus on strategic planning for the city. Click here to download an application. Click here to see the full version of the Ordinance that reenacted this commission.
Volunteer positions are available with various Municipal Boards, Commissions, and Committees. Interested persons are asked to submit a letter of interest and board application to the Municipal Clerk's Office (click here to download an application). To see the current vacancies please click on the following link: Vacancies
You can find a copy of the latest CBS Connection here.