Alaska Rural Water and Sanitation Working Group
A USARC-Coordinated Working Group
January 20, 2017 | Anchorage, AK
Seventh Annual Water and Sanitation Innovations for the Arctic Workshop
Climate Change, Water and Health
An ALPHA Post-Summit Session Workshop co-sponsored by the US Arctic Research Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a workshop on the impact of climate change on water and sanitation infrastructure in Alaska, along with the potential health consequences of this type of infrastructure failure. Participants discussed the baseline state of W&S infrastructure knowledge, the need to inventory W&S infrastructure around the state, as well as assess the impact of climate change on its functionality, in both near- and long-term time frames. The group also discussed how this might be accomplished given the current funding outlook and the State of Alaska’s economic status with the aim of developing an approach and ranking criteria for an at-risk infrastructure inventory.
- Design a plan for an “asset inventory” of at-risk water and sanitation infrastructure.
- Assess community-based monitoring and response strategies involving health and water-related resources/infrastructure failure.
- Provide an update on the knowledge shared at the Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes (WIHAH) Conference.