Water Security, Sanitation and Health in the Arctic
In many northern communities, the water and sanitation infrastructure is inadequate. In places where water systems do exist, they are often built on permafrost. Loss of permafrost due to climate change will result in damage to piped systems. These communities will have to rely on self-hauled water and waste, potentially compromising human health in a region already experiencing health disparities. This session will address the epidemiologic, scientific and policy issues related to water security, sanitation and related health impacts in the Circumpolar North.