Complete Indicator Profile of Water and Wastewater Services (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 19)
DefinitionRural community housing units with water and sewer services. "Rural Community" is defined as an Alaska community with between 25 and 2,000 people that is not part of a metropolitan area and that is not connected to a highway system. "Housing Unit" is defined as a resident's primary home, used for most of the year. Seasonal homes, vacation homes, lodges, public structures and commercial buildings are not included in this definition. "Water and Sewer Service" is defined as the provision of running water and sewer service inside the home via community piped or covered haul system, individual well and septic systems, or some combination thereof.
NumeratorNumber of rural community housing units with water and sewer services
DenominatorNumber of rural community housing units
Why Is This Important?In-home water and wastewater services are key elements of public health progress, reducing waterborne diseases, contributing to lower infectious gastrointestinal and respiratory disease incidence. Despite major improvements in recent decades, Alaska still lags behind other states in having basic sanitation services.
Other ObjectivesHealthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 87%
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Graphical Data Views
Percentage of rural community housing units with water and sewer services, rural Alaska, 2000-2020
Data NotesHealthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 87%
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Data SourcesDEC Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation 1
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Page Content Updated On 12/01/2013, Published on 12/01/2013