Water Is Life
Even when a well is safe, 30% of Navajos living on the reservation lack access to running water in their homes — 90% where we work in Black Mesa.
Our goal is to deliver 100 water barrels to Navajo households without running water. Life on the reservation is hard, but living without running water is just plain wrong! Please help us reach our goal by making a compassionate gift today.
No Running Water
Agnes lives with her grandchildren in a traditional hogan (home). The family must drive long distances to buy the water it needs – and the fuel alone is more than the average household can afford. Our large 55 gallon barrels, however, allow them to haul more water in fewer trips. NAER has a waiting list of families in need of water barrels to transport and store clean water.
Don't drink the local water!
Across large swaths of the reservation, Navajos do not dare to drink the water. And unlike the outcry over lead in the water in places like Flint, Michigan, their water problem has barely made the news. Some of the contamination found in Navajo wells has occurred naturally, because groundwater can pick up arsenic present in the region's volcanic rocks and soil. And much of it has a much more sinister history...abandoned uranium mines.