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Category: Healthy Homes and Communities


As climate change threatens many locations in Alaska, the village of Newtok in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region prepares to relocate their village to a new site, Mertarvik, which will be protected from erosion and thawing permafrost. ANTHC Survey and Engineering crews recently conducted a site visit to the Mertarvik site to collect topographical survey data for the development of the new community. The team worked through challenging weather conditions and off-grid lodging with limited to no power, heating, and water and ...


Staff from the ANTHC Department of Rural Utility Management Services (DRUMS) presented at the Alaska Rural Water Association (ARWA) conference in Anchorage. The annual gathering, which provides training for water and wastewater operators from across the state, was held Oct. 31-Nov. 3. DRUMS personnel often share their rural sanitation expertise, including new solutions and emerging technologies. Pierre Costello, lead civil engineer, delivered an overview of ANTHC’s custom treatment system for the Selawik water plant. William Hickey, utility operations specialist, presented ...


The Harvard Honoring Nations awarded the Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC) with its highest award on Wednesday, Oct. 12 during a special presentation at the National Congress of American Indians conference in Phoenix, Arizona. ARUC was one of six semifinalists from Tribal programs across the country, out of an original field of 87 applicants. Harvard Honoring Nations is an award of The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, a project of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard ...


ANTHC is making great strides in sanitation construction across Alaska. The innovative, complex ongoing work is often centered on building and upgrading water and sanitation facilities so that our people in rural Alaska can live healthier lives, and the community infrastructure can run effectively and affordably. This season, construction crews have: Continued construction for fully-piped water and sewer systems in Eek, Kwethluk and Lower Kalskag; Installed more than 15 miles of water and sewer main, almost seven miles of service ...


Keeping water flowing and easily accessible is no small task in Hughes, Alaska, a remote community hundreds of miles northwest of Fairbanks. But a recent water treatment upgrade completed by one of ANTHC’s engineering teams is accomplishing just that. One of the challenges faced by the engineering team was bringing the plant into compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s surface water treatment rule; at the same time, the team had to keep the plant running while replacing some of ...


Recognizing the high cost to operate sanitation infrastructure in rural Alaska, the ANTHC Rural Energy Initiative works with communities to implement innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions, combined with local operator training, to make public sanitation affordable. Since 2010, ANTHC has completed energy projects in 66 rural Alaska communities. In 2013, ANTHC completed energy efficiency work and operator training in Chevak, Alaska. The City of Chevak was struggling with debt and had no money in reserves for parts or ...

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