Alaska Rural
Water and Sanitation
Working Group

A USARC-Coordinated
Working Group

Alaska Rural Water and Sanitation Working Group

A USARC-Coordinated Working Group

About

There are a variety of entities in Alaska working towards improving health outcomes in rural Alaska by providing and improving water services in villages. The US Arctic Research Commission (USARC) is coordinating these groups so that this work is maximally efficient and ideas can be shared across federal, state, Alaska Native, and academic groups. The group we coordinate is called the Alaska Rural Water and Sanitation Working Group and our work is directly applicable to the USARC’s priority goal of Arctic Human Health.

The Working Group’s mission is to maximize the health benefits of in-home running water and sanitation services in rural Alaska.

Objectives

(1) Promote research and development of Innovative approaches to water and waste-water services

(2) Develop Innovative strategies for the allocation of capital funds through community level engagement

(3) Support research on the connections between climate, water, and human/environmental health

(4) Improve village level capacity and enhance existing O&M via the provision of subsides and technical assistance programs

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