The TCC Office of Environmental Health provides comprehensive support services for village drinking water systems and the sanitary disposal of sewage. This includes:
- Performance of sanitary surveys for public water systems (PWSs).
- Training and support in monitoring water quality.
- Investigations into sources of contamination.
- Training and continuing education for water and wastewater system operators.
- Training and support for village utility managers.
- Assistance with the preparation of village utility’s annual consumer confidence reports.
- Assistance with the planning of new water infrastructure through coordination with funding agencies and representation during project development.
- Engineering representation during the planning and design stage of projects.
- Hands-on training and emergency repair support through the Remote Maintenance Worker Program.
- Compliance assistance in meeting State drinking water regulations.
Village Drinking Water Treatment
TCC helps its villages assure that the water provided to residents is safe, through a number of services as described above. But how does a typical village water system work? The poster below shows a few of the most common treatment methods used in our villages.
Remote Maintenance Worker (RMW) Program
The Remote Maintenance Worker (RMW) Program is funded by the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (Alaska DEC). Per the Alaska DEC, the RMW Program “develops the capacity of Rural Alaskans to operate local water and sewer facilities, while safeguarding State and Federal capital investments in utility infrastructure. Our primary services are to:
- Provide over-the-shoulder training and technical assistance to local water and sewer operators in over 180 rural communities through a circuit rider program.
- Provide immediate response to emergency situations that threaten or impact community water and sewer facilities.
- Provide regional classroom training for area utility operators.
- Maintain an inventory of emergency repair equipment for use in utility emergencies.
Water & Wastewater Operator Resources
- Alaska DEC Drinking Water Program : Provides access to regulations, guidance
- Alaska DEC Drinking Water Watch : Water quality testing results & records of violations for all regulated public water systems.
- Alaska DEC OpCert Program : Access information on operator certification, continuing education, public water system classification, and PWS operator assignments.
- Alaska DEC Small Water System Operators : Resources for operators and for those who are interested in becoming certified.
- Alaska Training Coalition Calendar : Upcoming training courses for operator certification and continuing education credits (CEUs)
- ANTHC Scattered Sites Application : Apply for a grant to install an individual household well & septic system. Link to application is at the bottom of the page.
TCC Village RMW Assignments
TCC’s RMW program employs 3 full-time RMWs that provide services to all of TCC’s villages, but primarily to villages with water systems, currently counted at 29. TCC RMWs provide services only to community water and wastewater systems. TCC RMWs do not provide services to individual homes, schools, clinics, or other facilities not directly related to the community water system.