North Slope Borough and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are working to determine if numerous industrial drums contaminated drinking water at Point Lay’s drinking water lake. The drums were exposed after the lake’s banks were eroded and drained the lake.
Concern over possible drinking water contamination has prompted officials to conduct tests to determine if the drums pose any risk to the environment and/or humans.
Residents of the Chukchi Sea coastal village in Northwest Alaska are drinking treated, non-contaminated water held in storage tanks. “There’s enough such drinking water on hand to last until the fall of 2017,” David Fauske, the borough’s director of government and external affairs told KTUU.