Gateway to the Arctic

Water Treatment Plant

Responsible for producing potable water for the City, includes Devil's Lake pumphouse, Vortac Lake pumphouse, water transmission line to town; Class 3 Water Treatment Plant and Water Storage Tanks.

Matt Lazarus - Supervisor, Level 4 Water Treatment, Level 3 Water Distribution

In 2017 Matthew Lazarus received  Alaska Rural Water Association Water Operator of the Year. In 2018 Russell Ferguson received Alaska Rural Water Association Water Operator of the Year.  The water operators of the City of Kotzebue received these prestigious awards back to back in recognition of their outstanding dedication to provide safe potable water to the City of Kotzebue. 

e-mail Matt at mlazarus(at)

Russell Ferguson - Level 2 Water Treatment, Level 2 Water Distribution

Alan Allen - Level 1 Water Treatment, Level 1 Water Distribution

Matt and Russ also hold licenses in wastewater collection and wastewater treatment