The community originally expected to have the portable water plant months ago.
The temporary system is too fragile to withstand the ice floes released during breakup.
Residents’ choices depend on what they trust — and what they have the means to access.
In the short term, the community wants to connect its well to the school. But the well pulls up water from the Tuluksak River, which isn’t safe to drink.
A fire destroyed Tuluksak’s only source of clean water on Saturday, and a plane from Bethel can’t get in with an emergency water delivery.
The search continues for a man who walked away from the village of Tuluksak 15 days ago.