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USDA brings indoor plumbing to Alaska village
October 23, 2014 09:10 GMT

By RACHEL D'ORO Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A remote Alaska village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is scheduled to announce $352 million in grants and loans Thursday at a convention of Alaska Natives in Anchorage.

The western Alaska village of Akiachak is receiving a $5 million grant in this round. It will go toward construction of sewer mains and other parts of a core system that can be hooked up later to 100 houses in the community still without indoor plumbing.

Another 100 homes in the Yup'ik Eskimo community of 675 received the plumbing in an earlier project.

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