Tag: Water Quality

Homes in Y-K Delta that were unable to pay for running water will be reconnected

Many more people in Y-K Delta villages will soon have access to running water to wash their hands during the coronavirus outbreak. On March 24, the Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC)’s advisory committee voted to reconnect running water to homes that were unable to pay for it.

Wrangell sees a 50 percent increase in water consumption during cold snap

Water consumption has risen in Wrangell since the recent cold snap. The town is using 150 gallons per minute more than it did last month. That’s about a 50 percent increase in consumption.

Some Thunder Mountain Mobile Park residents frustrated after more than a week of water issues

On Jan. 12, water pressure at Juneau’s Thunder Mountain mobile home park dropped to a trickle. It took days to get fixed, and now they have to boil the water to use it. Some residents say they’re frustrated with how the situation was handled.

Saxman’s main water source freezes, officials urge conservation

(Creative Commons) City officials in Saxman are asking the community’s 400 residents to limit water use as temperatures...

Frozen pipes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta means going back to honey buckets and packing water

Across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, temperatures have reached far below zero for weeks, freezing pipes in homes and businesses across the region.

Port Alexander water tank at ‘imminent’ risk of failure

Without at least $1 million in upgrades, the aging water system in Port Alexander risks failure — perhaps catastrophically.

Shaktoolik reinforces protective berm, but it may not be enough to keep stormwater away

Norton Sound storms have caused large chunks of the berm to erode this year, necessitating emergency repairs.

A Northwest Arctic Borough program cut water bills by about two thirds, but one village says it doesn’t need the help

The program is a partnership between the borough, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Maniilaq Association to bring local communities in compliance with state criteria for water utilities.

State moves forward with plans to address PFAS contamination in Dillingham

An Anchorage-based consulting firm tested five of six contaminated wells south of the Dillingham airport — it's now moving forward on the next phase of a potential long-term solution.

Metlakatla, which depends on water, has moved quickly to accommodate the realities of drought

Following a season of drought, the Southeast Alaska community of Metlakatla is navigating a different relationship with water, like a number of other places in the region.

Bringing Water to Lower Kalskag

Imagine living in a town where only some of the residents have running...

Judge begins deliberations over ex-refinery owner’s groundwater contamination liability

The state seeks tens of millions of dollars from Williams Alaska Petroleum for contaminating the area’s groundwater, and to help pay for cleanup and expansion of North Pole’s water system.

LISTEN: 32 rural Alaska communities still lack running water. Infrastructure builders are trying to change that.

For most Americans, in home running water and flushing toilets are considered basic utilities, but across rural Alaska more than 30 villages are still living without piped systems. What are the challenges of providing water infrastructure to these communities?

What’s driving up bacteria levels in Ketchikan’s drinking water? Climate change. And goats.

A view of Ketchikan from the top of the Edmonds Street stairs. (Photo courtesy of the state) Ketchikan’s...

Wrangell moves forward on new water treatment plant

The new plant should be up in running in three years.

Running water is coming to all of Lower Kalskag

For residents, the infrastructure expansion means better health outcomes, less time spent hauling water and more time doing other things — like moose hunting.

Bristol Bay is outgrowing its wastewater infrastructure. Could a fish tax help fix it?

The controversial tax could generate about $3.5 million a year — but processors and fishermen say it would stress the industry even more.
Seldovia, AK. (Photo via KBBI - Homer)

Seldovia’s water supply returns to normal

While the city’s reservoir has returned to a healthy level, residents and businesses are still trying to repair the damage and plan for the future.