Officials Consider Joining KenaiSoldotna SewerWater Lines

first_imgWhile the discussions are preliminary, both community leaders expressed a need to work together moving forward to see if sharing water and wastewater lines makes sense. A trade of Soldotna water for Kenai sewer may pencil out in the future. While the determination of the impact to the Kenai River’s minnows and other feeder fish hasn’t yet been quantified, Anderson says in the long run other options should be considered. Kenai Vice Mayor Tim Navarre: “Is there savings to the two cities to working together on sewer and water? We will flush that out and see what happens.” Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson: “It bothers me, at least, that we are dumping anything into the Kenai River.” Kenai Vice Mayor Tim Navarre: “We do treat it, we do have good water now…but there is a cost associated with that year after year.” Both cities also treat their wastewater to standards, but the discharge of the effluent may become a problem for Soldotna. While both cities treat their water streams, Soldotna has a head start in getting to standards.center_img Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson: “It’s just what’s there naturally from the dissolved minerals and things that we don’t happen to have in ours.” Kenai Vice Mayor Tim Navarre: “That costs them, to be able to dump it into the Kenai River, ’cause that is where their sewer treatment plant is. Ous is out at the inlet, it gets mixed with the tide.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson: “Kenai and Soldotna have competed on things for so long, it really doesn’t make sense. We need to work together for the common good of all citizens, and that is what I see happening.” Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-officials-consider-joining-kenai-soldotna-sewer-water-lines-1.mp3VmDorene-on-officials-consider-joining-kenai-soldotna-sewer-water-lines-1.mp300:00RPd City of Soldotna Public Works Director Kyle Kornelis says the current system meets EPA standards for copper and zinc in the river, metals that are picked up from plumbing, but they want to stay ahead of potential regulatory changes in the future.last_img

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