Water and sewer grants come through the USDA

by Angela Denning-Barnes on October 16, 2012

Several communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are getting water and sewer projects through the USDA’s Rural Alaska Village Grant program. Roughly $28.8 million is being shared by 16 communities around the state, most of them in the Y-K Delta.

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$21.8 million is going through the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to help the villages of Kwethluk, Toksook Bay, Eek and Lower Kalskag construct drinking water and wastewater systems. Some residents in these villages still use honey buckets and haul water. USDA-Rural Development Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund announced the funding today. He said it will be used to bring water and sewer services to 123 homes by the year 2015.

Another $743,000 is going to ANTHC to help cover preliminary cost and analysis for eventually bringing water and wastewater services to Crooked Creek, Atmautluak, Kipnuk, Pilot Station, Hoonah, Nanwalek, and Huslia.

The State of Alaska also received $6.2 million in USDA grant money for water and wastewater infrastructure systems for Quinhagak and Hooper Bay. Those two projects are expected to benefit 65 homes with upgrades. The funding will also provide pre-planning for the communities of Seldovia, McGrath and Tununak. In Tununak, funding will be used to upgrade an engineering report, prepare an environmental report and business plan. Currently, the majority of residents in Tununak haul their water and use honey buckets.

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