Northwest NEWS

February 8, 1999

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Carnation officials say Y2K won't disrupt water supply to residents

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   CARNATION--City officials have been studying technological problems that could disrupt the region when the year 2000 rolls around and have come to the conclusion that supplying water to the citizens of Carnation probably will not be one of them.

   "We have been blessed in not being too technically advanced with our water system," City Administrator Woody Edvalson told the council last week. "Water should not be a problem, except possibly our ability to bill."

   Edvalson said at the council meeting that there are four areas he has been focusing on that could affect the operation of the city. Those are the city's computer hardware and software, mechanical chips, outside impacts, and public safety, he said.

   "I have found the computers are compliant and operable through the turn of the millennium," Edvalson said. He said he has been talking to banks and gas delivery systems to find the "level of comfort with their systems" and how they could impact the city.

   "My belief is that the Y2K problem is grossly exaggerated," he said. "There could be a potential for some level of civil unrest if things go sour, but I don't believe it will happen here."

   Edvalson told the council he would be continuing to work on the issue and will report on it over the coming months.

   Mayor David Hunter noted that there is a need to be concerned over the city's operations.

   "We need to make information available and let people know what we are doing," he said. "But people will need to make their own decisions as to what to do. This is technologically created and is a specific problem that will happen on a specific date."

   Hunter suggested that residents should put together a 72-hour emergency kit such as one used for an earthquake situation to prepare for any possible problems that could occur on January 1.