MEET THE PEOPLE OF BACA, NM
The Navajo Water Project serves six towns in Northwestern New Mexico with clean, running water and solar power.
This holiday, we want to make that seven... by completely transforming Baca, NM with the gifts of water and light.
Baca is a beautiful village of just a few hundred homes nestled in the red cliffs of the Continental Divide. Many families in the area don't have water or power.
With your help, we can fix that.
Navajo are 67 times more likely than other Americans to live without running water or a toilet. That's an injustice.
Many Natives can't get enough clean water, creating a cycle of poverty that limits health, happiness, educational opportunity, and economic security.
These communities have had enough.
Navajo Nation Population 2010
Families Without Running Water
Poverty Rate for Children
The Navajo Water Project is a community-managed utility alternative that brings hot and cold running water to homes without access to water or sewer lines.
It's the first system of its kind in the United States.
We develop new water sources where water will be pumped, treated and stored. We then deliver that clean water to people's homes by truck. We'll also provide free water access to local families right from the wells. Right now, their closest source of safe water can be up to 100 miles round-trip .
We operate two water trucks that deliver water to hundreds of families across 7 Chapters on the Navajo Nation, five days a week. Before the project began, our average client was getting 1-7 gallons of water a day. Now, Darlene 'The Water Lady' and our other drivers deliver more than 30.
HOME WATER SYSTEMS
Every week, we install 2-3 'Home Water Systems' that bring hot and cold running water into client homes. The water we deliver is safely stored in 1200 gallon tanks buried underground and pumped into the home. In homes without electricity, we also install a solar power system that runs the pump and lights inside. We install 2-3 systems a week.
Like every DIGDEEP project, this program is community-led. Community members and local leaders advise the project through quarterly meetings of The Water Council. Homeowners contribute to their systems and are trained to maintain them. The community will manage the finished project in partnership with our partner, St. Bonaventure 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.