WASHINGTON (KINY) - Nine million dollars in federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency has been awarded to the Alaska Native villages of Tuluksak and Stebbins to improve drinking water access, according to a release from the EPA on Wednesday.
Of the total, $1.5 million will go to Tuluksak, which earlier this year had its only source of drinking water destroyed by a fire. Along with Indian Health Service funding, the facilities will now be fully replaced.
The remaining $7.5 million will go to Stebbins, which does not have centralized drinking or waste water systems. Funding will provide sustainable water service to Stebbins.
The money is part of the 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, under the Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Communities Grant program.