Repairs begin on village's water pipeline


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Supplies and equipment have been delivered to the northwest Alaska village of Kivalina and crews have begun to repair a three-mile water supply pipeline damaged by late summer storms.

Locals and workers brought up by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in a multi-entity effort are racing a tight deadline to get the job done before freeze-up begins in the community of 400.

The pipeline feeds the local water plant, so the damage has left the school and teacher housing without clean water. More than two weeks after the school was scheduled to start, classes are still not being held in the village, 83 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 625 miles northwest of Anchorage.

School District officials hope to see the school open by Oct. 1.

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