Quinhagak Water & Sewer Upgrades
Start Date: January 2002.
Project Location: Quinhagak, Alaska
The Quinhagak Water & Sewer Project is a multi‐year, multi‐phase project that has successfully brought much needed sanitation infrastructure to the community of Quinhagak and its 700 residents. The project has been funded by a combination of state and federal sources including funds from EPA, matching grants from the State of Alaska and most recently grants from the USDA Rural Development Program.
The project began in 2002 with the completion of several engineering feasibility studies. To date, roughly $40 million dollars in improvements have been constructed in the community. These improvements include: a 10‐acre sewage lagoon and 1‐mile long force main; solid waste landfill; Utility Building to house the water distribution and sewage collection equipment; a 250,000‐gallon water storage tank and 45,000‐gallon water storage tank; three new slant wells; improvements to the existing water treatment plant; miles of above ground water and sewer mains in multiple service areas; residential plumbing improvements and service line connections including bathroom fixtures and piping in homes and buildings.
Thanks to the support of the community and the continued funding for this project, we have been able to bring basic sanitation services to homes that were previously using honey buckets. At the end of the 2014 season, over 190 homes and buildings will be connected to the piped water and sewer system.
According to the local school principal, the attendance rates are up for those children in homes that are connected to the piped system. And that’s great news for everyone.