The Arctic Sounder

Nine water lines and six sewer lines remain frozen after Swan lake Loop failed last month

Kotzebue officials reported that nine water lines and six sewer lines remain frozen following the Swan Lake Loop breakage in February.

The city’s largest water main failed around Feb. 5, affecting 190 homes. In February, 61 lines, or 74 households, were without water. Local and state officials declared an emergency as a result of the failure.

To fix the Swan Lake Loop failure, the City of Kotzebue ordered thaw equipment and hired more contractors to work on the issue.

This week, the Kotzebue Public Works Department staff were using additional hot jets, according to the Monday press release from the Village of Kotzebue. Contractors have insulated and filled 13 holes that had been previously exposed.

The village and other local officials continued providing water and food supplies to affected households, the press release said.

Maniilaq Association has made a modular washer and dryer facility operational but is still setting up the schedule for residents’ use.

The Planning Department is still compiling documentation to submit for Individual Assistance from the state, the press release said.

Alena Naiden

Alena Naiden writes about communities in the North Slope and Northwest Arctic regions for the Arctic Sounder and ADN. Previously, she worked at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.