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Alaska Rural Water and Sanitation Working Group

A USARC-Coordinated Working Group

February 5, 2013 | Anchorage, AK

Third Annual Water and Sanitation Innovations for the Arctic Workshop

Co-sponsored by the US Arctic Research Commission, ANTHC, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC), ANTHC, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently held a workshop on extending the design life of existing water and sanitation systems. Our focus was operations and maintenance program upgrades and approaches.

This year’s workshop was split into three sessions:

  • An early morning session that will provide information on the Alaska Rural Water and Sanitation Workgroup’s progress over the last year, along with updates on current projects and the State of Alaska’s R&D Request for Teams initiative;
  • A late morning/afternoon session focused on operations and maintenance in both the US and Canada. A review of the current state of affairs will be made, followed by several presentations that should stimulate new conversations on a variety of related topics; and
  • An afternoon wrap up that circles back to the Workgroup’s overarching goal of maximizing the health benefits of in-home water and sanitation services in the rural North. Workshop participants will receive a short summary of recent health-related efforts by the CDC and others.


A “Best Practices” Approach to Improved Operations & Maintenance of Water & Sewer Systems in Alaska Villages — by B. Griffith
152 KB pdf | 176 KB PowerPoint File

Alaskan Rural Water and Sanitation Working Group Update — by C. Rosa
3.23 MB pdf | 1.96 MB PowerPoint File

ARUC Arctic Research Presentation — by M. Black
5.86 MB pdf | 2.70 MB PowerPoint File

Local Utility Matching Program
1.03 MB pdf | 3.14 MB PowerPoint File

New Approaches to Basic Water and Sewer Service — B. Griffith
1.56 MB pdf | 1.58 MB PowerPoint File

Operations and Maintenance in Alaska — C. Bohan
1.52 MB pdf | 845 KB PowerPoint File

Project Training and Support
11.6 MB pdf | 6.56 MB PowerPoint File

Sustaining Rural Water Systems
71 KB pdf | 73 KB PowerPoint File

Rural Alaska Energy — by D. Reitz
7.66 MB pdf | 12.11 MB PowerPoint File

Water and Sanitation Innovations for the Arctic — by K. Johnson
4 MB pdf

Water, Hygiene and Skin Infections: Northern Saskatchewan Experience — by J. Irvine
10.2 MB pdf | 9.66 MB PowerPoint File