Alaska village exploring solutions for water woes

A remote Alaska village is exploring solutions to a possible water shortage this winter after the local water-supply pipeline was damaged by late summer storms.

Kivalina’s three-mile pipeline was temporarily repaired, allowing crews to start pumping water from the Wulik River.

But freeze-up arrived long before the community’s storage tanks could be filled. Residents are conserving water as much as they can.

Kivalina administrator Janet Mitchell says that in the meantime, the village is making progress on obtaining a large portable tank for gathering water directly from the Wulik after a hole is drilled through the ice.

Mitchell says the village also is exploring long-term options such as an underground pipeline or a system of capturing water from the air.