Dillingham replaces crumbling water facility

Posted: Sunday, November 07, 2010

BETHEL - A $3.2 million water treatment facility in Dillingham is complete, 15 years after the city started looking for funding for the project.

Using a mix of federal and state grants, as well as money from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the city managed to lay the foundation for the facility last winter.

The Tundra Drums reports the cost of the project doubled, due in no small part to the time it took to build the treatment facility.

Dillingham Public Works Director Hank Boggs says the previous facility was "falling in on itself."

The new building has better insulation and Boggs says water delivery in the city will be more efficient.

The project also included water pipe repair, a new well to replace one that went dry, and water tank repair.

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