Kick The Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska
12:07 am
Thu April 30, 2015

4/30/15 Pt. 4 Kick the Bucket: Experts seek alternatives to costly, ineffective sanitation systems

The state of Alaska is working with the private sector to find alternatives to expensive piped water, and the labor-intensive haul systems that are less effective in meeting public health needs. Find out more at:
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Village Safe Water Program

What if you didn’t have piped water and sewer, and the government wasn’t picking up the tab to get you some? How would you find a low-cost system that you could keep running through the winter? In this segment of “Kick the Bucket,” find out how experts are looking for answers to rural sanitation issues in Alaska.

Villagers and people in the water and sewer business can name dozens of ways systems have failed due to parts that shattered in the cold, say, or components that had to be flown in from Europe and installed by a Lower 48 specialist.

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Kick The Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska
12:16 am
Wed April 29, 2015

4/29/15 Pt. 3 Kick the Bucket: Rural Alaskans struggle to keep water and sewer systems running

Kivalina City Manager Janet Mitchell says the city's long-time water plant operator is the only person who knows all the weak points, quirks, and band-aid fixes at the plant. "If he leaves," said Mitchell, "I quit. It'll be just hopeless."
Joaqlin Estus KNBA

Even rural communities that have raised the money to build modern sanitation systems face the threat of their ultimate failure due to the lack of funding for operations and maintenance, wiping away whatever health gains were achieved.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Environmental Health and Engineering Department provides technical assistance to water treatment plant operators in the region. Here’s a bit of the conversation during a recent teleconference.

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Kick The Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska
12:22 am
Tue April 28, 2015

4/28 Pt. 2 Kick the Bucket: Lack of funds hampers development of modern sanitation in rural Alaska

This chart shows the sharp decline in funding for rural water and sewer projects in Alaska. Visit to see the rest of the presentation.
Bill Griffith, Mike Black ADEC, ANTHC

Most of us have never lived with without running water at home. Today, we’ll learn about some people who are just getting used to it, and others who would like to get used to having running water. In the second segment of the series Kick the Bucket, we’ll also hear some of the reasons Alaska hasn’t made modern plumbing a simple fact of life for all Alaskans.

Dan Winkleman, the president of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC), described a recent phone call from his mother-in-law in Kwethluk.

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4:14 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Live In-Studio with HARM

  -- Anchorage Press Article HERE

Friday April 24, 2015 the Fairbanks band HARM journeyed down to Anchorage for a show at the Tap Root and made certain that they included a stop at KNBA for a Live In-Studio session!  Not shying away from the Anchorage Press definition as a feminist supergroup, the band is comprised of Rebecca File, Annie Bartholomew, Molly McDermott, Heather Warren, Jon Heintz, Laila O’Sullivan, and Jack Ewers.  The videos provide a great look and feel to the band's music.

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Kick The Bucket: Rural Sanitation in Alaska
3:43 am
Mon April 27, 2015

April 27 - For more information on rural sanitation and disease in Alaska

How many times a day do you wash your hands? 

If you have running water, you probably wash your hands many times a day, each time in clean, warm water. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, hand washing consumes one gallon of water per wash.

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