ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The communities of Kotzebue and Kotlik will benefit from the recently-enacted federal Farm Bill, officials said Tuesday.
Kotzebue will receive funding for a second water tank and Kotlik will get funding to provide water and sewer services to new homes.
Kotzebue, which is located above the Arctic Circle in western Alaska, has a population of 3,200 but currently has only a single water tank containing a two-day supply of water.
Addition of a second tank will improve fire safety as well as ensuring that the community doesn't run short of drinking water, said Bill Allen, an official with the Department of Agriculture.
Kotzebue will receive a $1.7 million grant for the project. The state is providing matching funds.
The Farm Bill will provide $67,000 to Kotlik to bring water and sewer services to seven new homes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim community of about 600 people. The project also is getting funding from the Indian Health Services and an Indian Community Development Block Grant.
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