Initially we planned to install 400-gallon, elevated water tanks in client homes. These water tanks would use gravity to bring water inside the dwelling. After several tests and a round of community feedback, we decided to upgrade the project to install cistern systems that use conventionally powered pumps to create water pressure. Cisterns can hold more water, are buried securely underground, and will not freeze in the harsh New Mexico winter. 

Cistern systems are more efficient and more expensive. The estimated cost of a single cistern system is roughly double an elevated tank system. For several months, we've asked our donors to buy water tanks and systems for a client home. We will be matching these donations to each other in order to cover the cost of the upgraded cistern systems. DIGDEEP will also earmark general contributions to the Navajo Water Project to make up the difference. 

DIGDEEP and St. Bonaventure (our local project partner) will install systems one home at a time over the next several years. As our financial capacity expands, so will the rate of progress.

A dual commitment to Community Leadership and Transparency power all of our work at DIGDEEP. If you have a question or need clarification, please don't hesitate to email us: info@digdeep.org. Thank you for your continued support. 

Team DIGDEEP, November 2015