Bringing Low Flow to Eskimos

by Steven Eng, P.E., (M.ASCE), Proj. Mgr.; Village Safe Water, Anchorage, Alaska,
James K. Lake, Constuction Supertendent; Nullpiak Supply and Services Corp, Anchorage, Alaska,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 11, Pg. 56-57

Document Type: Feature article


Engineers in Alaska initiated a program to bring potable water and wastewater service to a town of 500 Yup'ik Eskimos. This entailed building a 7.2 km boardwalk over permafrost so that four-wheelers towing trailer-mounted tanks could cross the otherwise impassable terrain. As part of the program, Village Safe Water engineers provided low-flow fixtures for existing bathrooms and bolt-on modular bathrooms to houses that lacked them. All work was constructed by Yup'ik crews.

Subject Headings: Low flow

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