USDA to Provide $29 Million for Indoor Plumbing in Alaskan Villages
Almost $29 million will be used for planning, building, and then upgrading the water and sewer systems in 16 villages in Alaska, this is according to an announcement made by a federal agency just this week.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) – which is the government agency responsible for the grants – says that a major part of the fund will be used on providing plumbing for 123 homes in the 16 villages concerned.
The residents in the villages are making use of honey buckets as their toilets and there is also a lack of flush toilets. Add to that the lack of running water and you can just imagine how difficult it is there. It is definitely a very pressing health concern that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
The concern is supported by a study made in 2010 by the Centers for Disease Control stating the strong connection between the lack of decent indoor plumbing and the very high rates of pneumonia and other potentially life threatening diseases.
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