By The Associated Press
Channel 2 News
5:59 AM AKST, January 18, 2013
A remote Alaska Native village continues to tightly conserve its dwindling water reserves while residents devise an emergency system to boost their supply until summer.
Kivalina's water plant manager is building a 26-foot sled to transport six large portable containers to the Wulik River and collect water from a hole drilled through the ice.
Kivalina fell into its water crisis after the local water-supply pipeline was damaged by late summer storms last year before the community's water tanks could be filled.The 275-gallon containers were donated by the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 367 in a humanitarian effort coordinated by union member Michael R. Carey of Anchorage, 625 miles southeast of Kivalina.Before winter set in, Kivalina's three-mile water supply pipeline was temporarily repaired to collect some water, but not enough.
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