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Village Finally Begins Filling Water Tanks Again
A remote village in northern Alaska has finally begun to fill its water storage tanks again, after going all winter with dwindling reserves.
ANCHORAGE- A remote village in northern Alaska has finally begun to fill its water storage tanks again, after going all winter with dwindling reserves.
Crews at the Kivalina water plant began pumping water round-the-clock on Friday.
Kivalina city manager Janet Mitchell says locals continue to hope that a trend of high temperatures continues to allow the tank filling.
The Inupiat Eskimo community of 400 fell into its water crisis after the local water-supply pipeline was damaged by late-summer storms last year before its water tanks could be filled.
Before winter set in, the village's three-mile water supply pipeline was temporarily repaired to collect some water from the Wulik River, but not enough, before winter freeze-up arrived.
Kivalina is located 83 miles north of the Arctic Circle.