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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.
We can fix that.
Navajo Nation Population 2010
Families Without Running Water
Poverty Rate for Children
We've begun to engineer a 1600' well in the middle of Smith Lake, New Mexico. By mid-2016, water will be treated and pumped into trucks onsite. We'll also provide free water access in emergencies. Right now, the closest source of safe water is up t 100 miles round-trip for some families.
We've outfitted a new water truck and hired a new driver, doubling our delivery capacity. Our new driver, Darius Yazzie, is a young Navajo man. Darius and Darlene 'The Water Lady' planned new routes that maximize delivery, raising the average amount from 7 gallons per person per day to 30.
HOME WATER SYSTEMS
We've begun installing cistern systems that bring running water into client homes. Water is safely stored in 1200 gallon tanks and pumped into a sink and shower inside. I homes without electricity, we install a solar energy system that powers the pump and lights inside. We will install Home Water Systems in every client home by the end of 2018.
Like every DIGDEEP project, this solution is community-led. Community members and local leaders advise the project through quarterly meetings. Homeowners contribute to their systems and are trained to maintain them. The community will manage the finished project in partnership with our local 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.