Kivalina City Manager Janet Mitchell at the village landfill where people dispose of the contents of their honey-buckets (buckets used as toilets). A few years ago, the landfill flooded during a storm. The water overran the landfill spreading pollution into a lagoon. (Photo-Joaqlin Estus)
Today we begin a weeklong series on rural sanitation in Alaska. In part one, KNBA’s Joaqlin Estus reports on the impact water and lack of plumbing have on the health of people.