Remote Alaskan community has running water for first time

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EEK, Alaska (AP) - A community development project has delivered running water to a remote Alaska community for the first time.

KYUK-AM reports that the community of Eek is working with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to install the new system for running water and plumbing using both federal and state funds.

Eek residents previously paid 25 cents for 5 gallons (19 liters) of treated water from a community water distribution point, according to the station, which said most inhabitants also collected rain water in summer and river ice in winter.

The station says Eek's 474 residents are already seeing public health improvements now that they have faucet water and toilets that flush.