Tribal Utility Support Program (TUS)
The Tribal Utility Support program provides technical assistance and training to water and sewer system operators and managers. Through grants to regional health organizations and classroom assistance, Tribal Utility Support staff offer training courses across Alaska.
Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC)
ARUC manages water and sewer systems in partnership with rural Alaska communities. ARUC management will result in a more cost-effective operations and maintenance.
For more information about the ARUC program, contact the ARUC Manager or view ARUC's website. If you have any billing concerns or questions regarding ARUC, contact the Office Manager, or ARUC Accounting Specialist. You can also contact ARUC staff toll fee at 1-866-205-7581.
Assisted Billing Program
The Assisted Billing Program was developed to help rural communities generate revenue to provide and maintain water and sewer services in participating communities. Our goal is to provide consistency by keeping a steady and accurate utility billing schedule. Once a community joins the Assisted Billing program, they become eligible for consideration into ARUC. If you would like more information on the program, or would like to refer a community, contact the TUS Operations Program Coordinator.
Utility Operation & Maintenance
Utility Operation & Maintenance staff provides both operational and managerial advice and support to communities throughout the state to ensure that water and sewer systems run efficiently. It's important for sanitation systems to be dependable, easy to maintain, and inexpensive to operate.
Alaska Utility Supply Center
Rural utlilities can obtain parts and supplies from the Alaska Utility Supply Center in a timely manner and at a reasonable prince. If you would like to place an order for your project, view the AUSC Catalog, Project Order Form, or contact the AUSC Purchasing Specliast.
Construction Skills Training
Tribal Utility Support staff provides construction skills training to rural communities that have active DEHE sanitation projects. Participants receive training opportunities in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), CPR, first aid training, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, and CDL/Heavy Equipment. For more information contact the Training Coordinator.
Division of Environmental Health & Engineering provides a 12-week paid summer internship opportunities to approximately 10 undergraduate and graduate Alaska Native or American Indian college students. DEHE provides interns the opportunity to work with our engineering and environmental health staff on current projects in both the office and out in the field. Interns gain work experience in the engineering field through the program. Applicastions are due in early February each year. For more information on the internship program, view the internship flyer, or download the internship application. You can also contact the Training Coordinator or call toll free at 1-800-560-8637.
Utility Business Support
The Utility Business Support Specialist provides grant requirement related assistance to communities with Division of Environmental Health & Engineering (DEHE) Sanitation Projects. DEHE staff work with city councils and staff to understand and comply with the State of Alaska RUBA program. Failing to be RUBA compliant can delay or stop state funded DEHE projects. If your community has a sanitation project by DEHE and are in need of assistance with RUBA essential indicators, contact the Utility Business Support Specialist or toll free at 1-800-560-8637.
Pumphouse Pipeline Quarterly Newsletters
Quarterly newsletters provide water plant operators tips on maintaining water and sewer systems in rural Alaska. The newsletters provide maintenance checklist tips, certification information, and articles on water and sewer operation and maintenance. View previos newsletters here.