How safe is the drinking water in North Pole? That’s the issue before the city Monday night.

The planned closure of the Flint Hills refinery near North Pole has made finding a solution to the city's water contamination issues an urgent matter.

North Pole Mayor Bruce Ward sponsored a resolution supporting a water standard established by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation now being contested by Flint Hills.

The resolution supports the 14 parts per billion clean up level for drinking water now contaminated with sulfolane from the refinery.

The city council will also decide if it supports expanding the city water system to include properties affected by the contamination.

“It's important that we do get to help guide the decision and make sure the people know what the city is committed to doing and what we're not,” Ward said.

The council will also consider support for a fund that would monitor the movement of the underground contamination plume over time.