USDA Administrator tours villages
United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein joined Rural Alaska Village Grant (RAVG) program partners visiting the rural communities of Kasigluk, Kwigillingok and Pitkas Point. The tour was 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.