Alaska village facing water woes gets outside help

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – November 2012
Residents of a remote Alaska village whose water-supply pipeline was damaged by late summer storms are monitoring every drop of precious water they use, but officials there fear that might not be enough for reserves to last through winter.

That Kivalina has water at all is a testament to relief efforts involving multiple partners, including two Minnesota churches that donated at least $1,600 for fuel that was used to run the Inupiat Eskimo community’s water treatment system.

Other partners, including the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, coordinated efforts to make temporary repairs to the three-mile pipeline that pulls water from the Wulik River.

But winter freeze-up arrived when the village had pumped only about half of 1.2 million gallons that could fit in its water storage tanks.

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