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Safe and reliable water the focus of upcoming conference

September 16th 2:10 pm | Shady Grove Oliver, The Arctic Sounder Print this article   Email this article   Create a Shortlink for this article

Over the weekend, a group of engineers, health experts, researchers, and innovators will be gathering in Anchorage for the Conference on Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes.

From Sept. 18-21, the group will focus on "addressing the challenges of providing safe and affordable access to household running water and sanitation in remote Arctic and sub-Arctic communities," according to the event website.

The conference is one of the official events being held during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. It is an endorsed project of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group.

According to the site, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Program to sponsor the event.

Some of the themes will include "the impact of household water and sanitation on Arctic human health, climate change impacts on water and sanitation infrastructure in the Arctic, innovative engineering approaches to increase access to water of adequate quality and quantity, methods of ownership, operations, and maintenance to maximize useful life of water and sewer systems in the Arctic, and regulations and policies affecting access to and the cost of providing adequate quantities of water in the home," the site outlines.

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