A new, comprehensive report on links between disease and safe water systems in Alaska had some startling results. The study covered the years 2000 to 2004 and looked at water and sewer service for more than 12-thousand homes in 128 Alaska villages. Nearly 30% of homes did not have piped, running water and sewer service, compared with less than 1% nationally. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s rctic investigations program director Dr. Tom Hennessy says the distribution of homes without service in Alaska varies widely by region.
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage