Water Crisis In the Navajo Nation: How The Lack Of Water Supply Increased Covid-19 Cases

The Navajo Nation just surpassed New York State in Covid-19 Cases—here’s a look at why and how you can help.

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Currently, around 40 percent of residents in the Navajo Nation do not have running water within their homes. This means that amenities such as toilets, sinks and showers, are nonexistent for a third of the native people living in the southwestern United States.

That’s a pretty significant percentage, considering the fact that the Navajo Nation spans across 27,000 miles with over 200,000 members residing on the reservation.

And this lack of indoor plumbing, led to a very serious problem—a rise in confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst tribe members.

As of July 28, 2020, there are 8,927 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Navajo Nation, according to the National Department of Health.

To properly fight Covid-19, frequent hand washing is a must. But, for a majority of the Navajo community, it’s nearly impossible.

Many must travel to acquire water from a community well, and haul it back in tanks. Others venture outside of the reservation just to buy bottled water, placing their health at risk.

It’s heartbreaking to see so many people live without such basic needs like water, but one nonprofit organization is working to make a change.


You can help bring running water to Native residents by donating to the Navajo Water Project, which is a program of DIGDEEP, a human rights nonprofit organization.

DIGDEEP brings clean, running water and solar power to disadvantaged families in need; particularly in areas of the country where such amenities are almost non existent—like the Navajo Nation.

The project involves setting up home water systems that can hold 1200 gallons of hot and cold water, which is delivered in food grade trucks from local water sources.

Each water and solar power system costs around 4 thousand dollars —that’s why the the Navajo Water Project depends on donations to help as many families as possible. So, if you’ve been searching for a nonprofit organization to donate to this year, this is it.

“1 in 3 Navajo still don’t have a sink or a toilet. So we bring clean, hot and cold running water to families across New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.” – navajowaterproject.org / DigDeep

One thought on “Water Crisis In the Navajo Nation: How The Lack Of Water Supply Increased Covid-19 Cases”

  1. Wow… I had no idea! That’s really tragic and upsetting that so many members of the Navajo Nation don’t have running water. I wouldn’t have made the connection myself. But it makes total sense that not having running water and not being able to wash hands would lead to more COVID cases. Thanks for bringing this topic to light!

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