Anchorage, AK, Aug 25, 2011 -- United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein will join Rural Alaska Village Grant (RAVG) program partners visiting the rural communities of Kasigluk, Kwigillingok and Pitkas Point. The tour is scheduled for August 25 and August 26, 2011
USDA-Rural Development Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund said, “Over the past three years, grants to these communities from USDA Rural Development amounts to $20,381,183. These funds will provide the remaining funding required for final construction phase of the sanitation facilities improvements in New Kasigluk; install flush tank and haul systems in 37 homes in Kwigillingok and construct a wastewater collection, treatment and disposal system in Pitkas Point.”
Currently, only half of the community of Kwigillingok has plumbing in their homes. The others still haul potable water and use honey buckets to dispose of their waste. Funding from RAVG will install flush tank and haul systems in 37 homes. Additionally, access boardwalks will be installed to ensure access to each system for pumping.
Matt Dixon is the Vice President of Operations for the Division of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and will be touring these rural communities with USDA/RD. "The recent funding provided by USDA, Rural Development, through the Rural Alaska Village Grant (RAVG) program, including a match from the state of Alaska, will help us to make significant progress on improving the health status of Alaska Natives, including providing lasting solutions to promote healthy communities. It has allowed planning and construction of water and sewer facilities in more than 15 communities ranging in location from the Yukon Kuskokwim River Delta, to northwest Alaska, to the southeast panhandle. We expect a significant reduction in dire sanitation conditions, and a corresponding community health benefit, as a result of the funding provided.” Dixon said.