Does the state of Alaska have safe and adequate tap water for drinking?

Does the state of Alaska have safe and adequate tap water for drinking?

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  1. Depends entirely on where you are in the state. The bigger communities (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kotzebue, Nome, and so on) absolutely do.
    It gets a little hazier in smaller communities. When I was in Kobuk (population: 150, roads that connected to the highway system: none), the water often came out of the tap yellow. I generally ran it through a Katadyn ceramic drip filter before drinking it. But hey, at least I had running water there…

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  2. Not only is it safe but I never knew that water could taste good until I left Alaska.
    The water from my tap was glacier fed, cold, clean, and delicious. Now I can’t help but taste the sediments and chemicals almost everywhere I go.
    It’s definitely a marked contrast from my time in Europe. The water left calcium rings in my tub and sink. Although the worse tasting so far has been either Shanghai or Phoenix.
    Hell yes, drink the water in Alaska.

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  3. I have lived in Anchorage, near Denali National Park, Fairbanks, and rural western Alaska. There have been water shortage, water safety, and water acquisition issues in all three locations. From 1983 to 1988 when I lived in Anchorage the water supply was fairly steady. Tap water was cold and clear. When I travel into Anchorage no and during the past six years, the tap water is heavily chlorinated. Anchorage residents are urged to conserve water because the source may not meet the needs in the future.
    My property near Denali National Park was water-less for 25 years. Two years ago we had a well drilled. It needed to be drilled through bedrock, cost over $10,000 and is a bit cloudy and sulfury. The pipe went through a vein of coal and the drilling made quite a dirty mess with coal dust. Neighbors who have tried drilling have had mixed results. Some neighbors have gone down 300 feet

    Does the state of Alaska have safe and adequate tap water for drinking?

    with no water found, others have found water but there isn’t much pressure and the taste is off.
    My friends in Fairbanks have water delivered. There is not a usable water table under their land.
    And then there’s the part of Alaska that tourists and people living on the “road system” rarely hear about and almost never see.

    Does the state of Alaska have safe and adequate tap water for drinking?

    In the villages of the Kuskokwim Delta, where I live now, safe drinking water is scarce. Each village has a well and safe drinking water is sold at the village washeteria. Wash water for bathing and cleaning is dipped from a hole in the ice on the river near the village. During the past five years some villages have had U.S. Department of Agriculture grants to put plumbing in homes. The cost is high and there are few paying jobs in the villages. People often have their new plumbing turned off because they are unable to pay for the water. Villages have an open sewage lagoon where honey buckets of waste water are dumped. Maqiis are used for bathing. A maqii is a steam house. When I’ve maqiied with friends it is a relaxing social way of bathing. A maqii is light in the evening and women and men take turns. Children are brought in for a thorough scrubbing and shampooing with the same gender of adults.

    Does the state of Alaska have safe and adequate tap water for drinking?

    When I fly across the delta there is often more water than land. But that doesn’t mean the infrastructure is in place or the underground water system is available for safe drinking water.

    Does the state of Alaska have safe and adequate tap water for drinking?

    The village of Newtok will be washed into the sea during the next few years. Their drinking water comes from ponds on the tundra. Salt water seeps into the ponds and the sea erodes away the land and the permafrost melts. Winter is the safest time to be in Newtok.

    Does the state of Alaska have safe and adequate tap water for drinking?

    Sometimes it feels like I am in a different country when I am in rural western Alaskan villages. Most Americans think that clean tap water is available everywhere in our country. They are wrong. A large area of the state of Alaska has no safe tap water.
    I love living here and don’t want to move anywhere else. Most of the people who live here are strong Yup’ik Native Alaskans. I am honored to teach here.

    Does the state of Alaska have safe and adequate tap water for drinking?

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  4. i live near Anchorage. There is no water shortage whatsoever. And the tap water tastes better than any bottled water you can buy. I have to force myself to STOP drinking water a couple hours before bed so I don’t have to pee so many times at night. It couldn’t be better.

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  5. Fifty years ago, many of the rural villages in Alaska had impure water sources that often resulted in intestinal distress. Alaska has over 300 rural villages that are off the road system and depending on their population, 20–1200, amenities such as clean water, indoor plumbing, etc. were limited. Over the past 50 years, many have been able to install adequate water and sewer services, but some of the smaller villages still have to tote water and rely on “honey buckets” for disposal of sewage.
    Campers who want to trust the local streams and rivers should be advised to boil their water, or risk severe intestinal distress.

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  6. Most places in Alaska the water is world class quality. Some places it’s not all that great. Anchorage has really good water. But, most places don’t have indoor plumbing. Most of Alaska is wilderness. very few people living there. No cel service, no landline phones, no electricity, no running water.

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