In Alaska you have WiFi, but no running water

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Work outfit with Moda International sweater, Anne Klein slingbacks, Jager tote, statement necklace, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own) and striped skirt c/o eShakti. In the background, Fairbanks airport, the Tanana Flats and Alaska Range

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Alaska permits renting out places without running water

Alaska law does not prohibit to rent out cabins without running water. The permafrost – soil that remains frozen for two or more consequent years – prohibits to drill for groundwater and/or install water pipes in these areas. Thus, in permafrost areas, people have no running water. Installing power lines and land lines, however, are not a major problem. Thus, there is no problem to have WiFi.

What do they do when they need to go to the restroom, take a shower or wash their dishes and do their laundry?


Every cabin has an outhouse. Therein is a toilet that leads to a big septic tank. You have to go outside for your business even at 40 below. To not freeze to your toilet, you use a styrofoam toilet seat that you schlep back and forth between your cabin and outhouse. There are many laundry saloons in town. Many employers have showers to be used by their employees. Since many students live in dry cabins, the university has showers for them too as well as laundry machines. In town, there are various water wells where you can fill water in a large tank that you then haul into your cabin to use for doing your dishes, cooking and as drinking water.

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Burberry Brit trench coat with Anne Klein slingbacks, statement necklace, Jaeger tote, Moda sweater, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own), and straight skirt c/o eShakti


This OOTD features an office look with a pencil skirt, knit sweater, slingbacks and trench coat for the commute for a humid 50F (10oC) day in Fairbanks. In the middle ground, you can see the airport and Tanana Flats, and at the horizon, the Alaska Range.

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Back view of above outfit with Tanana Flats and Alaska range in the backgorund

Other posts on Alaska lifestyle are Potluck in Alaska – a friend killed what you eat and Alaska’s summer and winter temperatures differ 120F.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2015)

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