Project: Ekwok Water Quality Benchmarking

Project Description: To complete the three-year baseline on drinking water testing, since some homes have rusty looking water and bad iron water. The initial testing done showed some arsenic in a few homes.  In addition, there is concern that our drinking water aquifer will be contaminated in the future with the proposed Pebble Mine site.  We would like to update our QAPP to include petroleum testing.

People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:

Ekwok Village Council, Ekwok Environmental Department, ANTHC

Cost Estimates:

Costs: $125,000 for three years

Timeline: October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2024

Potential Funding Partners: Indian General Assistance Program (EPA), Indian Community Development Block Grant (HUD), USDA, BIA, ANTHC, EPA

Evaluation Measures:

  • Lives impacted:  115
  • 38 homes and about 9 businesses tested for any contaminates in their drinking water (ground water is clean and safe to drink) 
  • Satisfaction Survey of residents

Key Project Contact:

Name: Lorraine King

Title: Environmental Coordinator

Organization: Ekwok Village Council

Questions about the CEDS?

Contact Kristina Andrew

Economic Development Program Manager

(907)-842-5257 ext. 6223

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