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Affordability of Alaska Village Water and Sewer Household Rates

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has developed a new affordability indicator for use in determining whether a community's users can afford the annual operation, maintenance, repair, equipment and capital replacement costs of their water, waste water, or solid waste facilities. Unlike the use of the median household income (MHI) to determine affordability, which only looks at a snapshot in time of income, the new model looks at important socioeconomic factors that affect actual affordability. It includes a Residential Indicator (RI) and a Financial Capability Index (FCI). RI is obtained by dividing the community’s annual user fee by each income quintile value. FCI is composed of socioeconomic indicators chosen for their ability to detail the situation in rural Alaska. The FCI value is obtained by calculating the average of score assigned to the indicators based on pre-established thresholds.

More information on the indicator methodology is available here

Alaska Village Rate Affordability Index

Alaska Village Rate Affordability Index

Alaska Village Water and Sewer Household  Rates & Affordability

Community Combined Water
& Sewer Rate
Water Only Rate Sewer Only Rate Indicator Score
Adak $65.00     Low Burden
Akiachak $118.00     High Burden
Akiak $105.00     Medium Burden
Akutan $10.00 - - Low Burden
Alakanuk $75.00     High Burden
Ambler $71.40 $42.84 $42.84 High Burden
Bethel* $272.73     High Burden
Brevig Miss $100.00     Medium Burden
Buckland $59.50     Medium Burden
Chevak $85.00 $55.00 $55.00 High Burden
Chignik $75.00 $37.50 $37.50 Medium Burden
Chignik Lag $97.75 $60.00 $60.00 Low Burden
Chignik Lak $85.00     Medium Burden
Chuathbalu $130.00     Medium Burden
Coffman C $80.00     Medium Burden
Cordova $79.51 $29.58* $49.93* Low Burden
Craig $115.00     Medium Burden
Eek $125.00     High Burden
Egegik $60.00 $30.00 $30.00 Medium Burden
Elim $90.00     High Burden
Emmonak $89.00     High Burden
Fort Yukon $140.00 $64.89   Medium Burden
Gambell $106.00     Medium Burden
Golovin $110.00 $70.00 $70.00 Medium Burden
Goodnews $85.00 $50.00 $50.00 High Burden
Grayling $100.00 - $50.00 Medium Burden
Gulkana $98.00     Medium Burden
HolyCross $150.00 $90.00 $90.00 Medium Burden
Hoonah $81.00     Medium Burden
Hooper Bay $85.00     High Burden
Hughes $100.00     High Burden
Huslia $100.00     High Burden
Hydaburg $60.00     High Burden
Karluk $25.00     Medium Burden
Kasaan $75.00     Low Burden
Kasigluk $120.00     Medium Burden
Kiana $47.60 $28.90 $28.90 High Burden
KingCove $37.44     Low Burden
Klawock $89.00     Medium Burden
Klukwan $60.00     High Burden
Kobuk $68.00 $40.80 $40.80 High Burden
Kokhanok $90.00     Medium Burden
Koliganek $20.00     Low Burden
Kotlik $104.50 $62.70 $62.70 Medium Burden
Kotzebue $205.67     High Burden
Koyuk $70.00 $35.00 $35.00 High Burden
Kwethluk $116.00     High Burden
Larsen Bay $59.95     Medium Burden
Lower Kals $156.00 $120.00 $120.00 Medium Burden
Manokotak $80.00     Medium Burden
Marshall $60.00     High Burden
McGrath $130.00     Medium Burden
Mountain V$90.00     High Burden
Nanwalek $35.00     Medium Burden
Nenana $75.00 $37.50   Medium Burden
New Stuya $93.75 $56.25 $56.25 High Burden
Newhalen $175.00 $100.00 $100.00 Medium Burden
Noatak $138.00     High Burden
Nondalton $59.00     High Burden
Noorvik $53.55 $30.60 $30.60 Medium Burden
Nulato $110.00     Medium Burden
Nunam Iqu $60-$80     Low Burden
Old Harbor $45.00     Medium Burden
Ouzinkie $49.00     Medium Burden
Perryville $30.00 $30.00   Medium Burden
Pilot Station $100.00     High Burden
Pitkas Point $120.00 $75.00 $75.00 High Burden
Platinum $80.00 $50.00 $30.00 Medium Burden
Port Graham $20.00     Medium Burden
Port Lions $67.00     Medium Burden
Quinhagak $100.00 $60.00 $60.00 High Burden
Russian Mi $60.00 $45.00 $45.00 High Burden
Saint Mary's $111.00 $58.45 $52.55 High Burden
Saint Mich $250.00 $150.00 $150.00 Medium Burden
Saint Paul $60.00 $30.00 $30.00 Low Burden
Sand Point $30.00     Low Burden
Savoonga $85.00 $60.00 $60.00 High Burden
Saxman $85.00     Medium Burden
Scammon $105.00 $60.00 $60.00 Medium Burden
Selawik $85.00 $34.00 $34.00 High Burden
Seldovia $77.20     Medium Burden
Shaktoolik $60.00     Medium Burden
Shungnak $61.20     High Burden
South Nakn $90.00 $50.00 $50.00 Medium Burden
Tanacross $20.00     Low Burden
Tanana $140.00 $70.00 $70.00 High Burden
Thorne Bay $146.43 $74.53 $71.90 Medium Burden
Togiak $60.00     High Burden
Toksook Bay $65.00 $50.00 $50.00 Medium Burden
Twin Hills $50     High Burden
Tyonek $128.25 $82.50 $82.50 High Burden
Unalakleet $90.00     High Burden
White Mou $105.00 $69.00 $36.00 Medium Burden

Useful Links

Rural Sanitation Contact (PDF)

Operation and Maintenance Best Practices

Infrastructure Protection Funding (Coming soon)

Microloan Program (Coming soon)

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