About one-third of Navajo Nation residents lack running water in their homes and water pollution remains a serious issue in the region. We talk to Kaitlin Harris of DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project about solutions to these pressing problems.
|Kaitlin Harris, DigDeep Navajo Water Project|
Kaitlin is a field engineer for the Navajo Water Project, a grant and donation-funded effort to bring drinking water and sanitation services to remote communities in the Navajo Nation, which is roughly the size of West Virginia.
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|Bringing hot and cold water service to remote communities|
Thirty percent of Navajo Nation residents lack access to hot or cold water or sanitation.
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|Water challenges on the Navajo Nation|
As in many indigenous communities, infrastructure in the Navajo Nation has long been underfunded. A four decade legacy of uranium mining has left a lot of pollution as well. The Nation’s dispersed population also makes it more difficult to provide water service.
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|Intersection of Covid-19 and water security (9:41)|
|Water Words: ‘Prior Appropriation’ (13:13)|
|How did water problems take root in the Nation? (15:34)|
|Can federal legislation be of help? (19:36)|
|The Western Navajo Pipeline project (21:02)|
|Do water projects create jobs? (22:06)|
|Funding sources for water projects (23:50)|
|Other communities facing similar challenges? (25:33)|
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