Temporary Water Filtration System Installed At Alatna

A water filtration system has been installed in a tiny interior Alaska village where a fire damaged infrastructure last month.

Anchorage television station KTUU reports the temporary water filtration system is making potable water available in Alatna, a community of 27 about 190 miles northwest of Fairbanks.

Gov. Bill Walker a week ago declared a disaster in the village, days after a fire destroyed the village water treatment facility, washeteria and clinic.

Damage is estimated at $500,000.

Residents at first crossed the frozen Koyukuk River to haul water five miles from Allakaket.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Tanana Chiefs Conference worked together to install the temporary treatment system at the Alatna well.