Alaska village continues water conservation orders

Residents of a small Inupiat Eskimo village whose water supply pipeline was damaged by late summer storms are monitoring every drop of precious water they use, but officials there fear that might not be enough for reserves to last through winter.

That Kivalina even has water at all is a testament to relief efforts involving multiple partners including Erskine, Minn.-based Grace Lutheran Church, which donated $1,100 for fuel to help villagers go out in boats and collect clean water.

Some partners, including the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, coordinated efforts to make temporary repairs to a three-mile pipeline that pulls water from the Wulik River.

But winter freeze-up arrived when the village had pumped only about half of 1.2 million gallons that could fit in its water tanks.