WASHINGTON (AP) -- A funding bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture contains $20 million dollars for water and sewer systems in Alaska villages.
Sen. Ted Stevens, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, says the money represents another step toward bringing sanitation standards in rural communities up to 21st Century standards.
Stevens said Alaska also will be eligible for a portion of a $30 million fund from the Rural Utility Service Grant Program. That money will be used to help villages cope with high energy costs.
The measure, passed Tuesday, is headed to President Clinton's desk for his signature.
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