Chilkat Valley News - Serving Haines and Klukwan, Alaska since 1966

Borough was proactive on E. coli issue


I have been hearing many loud complaints from Haines residents about the water situation. It is my understanding that one sample was contaminated, and it was thought to be during handling. The water department took samples from the same location to see if it was the location or the handling on the way to the lab. The contaminated site (if it is the site) is on Piedad Road where I live. I know of no neighbors who are sick. Water departments are very careful to monitor the water. We are not dealing with widespread contamination.

I wish to praise the water department for acting so swiftly to inform the community. I have lived in communities that didn’t want to upset anyone and didn’t say anything, resulting in illness. Our water department is being very proactive to protect us. Please don’t yell at them. Thank them for caring enough to tell us in a timely manner, and acting swiftly to locate the problem and mitigate it.

Pam Randles


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