A NEW WELL
We'll start by dropping a 2000 ft. borehole in the middle of the community. Well water will be pumped into a holding tank to fill local water trucks. We'll also provide a free access point for emergencies. Right now, the closest source of safe water is up to 70 miles away. Some can only make the trip by foot.
We'll deliver clean water from the local tank to homes by truck. The amount delivered every month will meet international human rights standards. Currently, individuals get only 7 gallons of clean water a day. Compare that to the 100 gallons you use in the same amount of time.
We'll build small water towers with solar heaters near every home. They'll use gravity to feed clean water into sinks and toilets. Right now, most people store water in 55-gallon drums outside their homes. During the winter, these drums have to be moved inside to keep from freezing.
Like every DIGDEEP project, this system is location-specific, community-led and truly sustainable. Local Chapter Houses and Navajo agencies are actively involved in planning, and the community will manage their finished project in partnership with a local non-profit, St. Bonaventure's Indian Mission.
ABOUT OUR PARTNER
Founded in 1974, St. Bonaventure Indian Mission provides tuition-free schooling and essential services to thousands of Navajo (Diné) around Thoreau, New Mexico. The 501(c)3 charity is a key local employer and almost completely native run.
St. Bonaventure - in partnership with the local community - will fund and maintain water delivery when the project is complete.