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

ANTHC workers install a water and sewer system to an Eek home on February 21, 2019. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel)

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? And how is public health affected? We’ll discuss the ongoing effort to connect rural Alaska to water infrastructure on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Chad Stovall, Chief Operating Officer, Denali Commission
  • John Nichols, Rural Utility Management Services Director, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Greg Kim, reporter, KYUK


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-350-2058.

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