Alaska Native Villages to Receive Upgrades to Water and Wastewater Systems

November 13, 2013 | General RCAP News

Earlier this afternoon, USDA Rural Development announced $27.7 million in grant awards to rural native villages in Alaska to improve water and wastewater systems. The funding comes from the Rural Alaska Village Grant (RAVG) program. The RAVG program was established to serve the unique needs of rural Alaska villages, many of which are only available by plane or boat and lag far behind communities in the lower 48 in having safe and dependable drinking water and suitable waste disposal systems available.

Per the press release, the funding includes:

  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – $4,627,920; to improve water and wastewater systems in Kwethluk;
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation – $4,179,525; to construct a water storage tank and water treatment plant in Seldovia;
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation – $5,760,000; to build a water and sewer system in Hooper Bay;
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – $5,338,236; to build a water treatment plant and water storage tank in Lower Kalskag;
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation – $3,061,987; to build a water and sewer system in Quinhagak;
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation – $1,004,250; to improve water systems in Adak;
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – $1,950,000; to construct a sewage lagoon in Eek;
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – $790,875; to build a water storage tank in Golovin;
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – $150,000; for project design and to conduct an environmental assessment in Akiachak;
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation – $425,000; to provide technical assistance and training through the Remote Maintenance Worker program;
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – $455,305; to provide technical assistance and training to help up to 20 rural Alaskan communities

 

For the full press release, visit http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/bulletins/94908a. For more on RCAP's work in Alaska, visit RCAC, the Western RCAP.