Water is Life on the Navajo Nation located in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah

With the installation help of the DigDeep Foundation and a Rotary Foundation Global Water Grant, the Sun Lakes Rotary Club in District 5495 is providing 33 homes on the Navajo Nation with

inside running cold/hot tap water who presently have their water delivered into 50 gallon holding barrels in their yards by a water truck and then carried into the home by small containers as needed.   
 
Presently there are 300,000+/- Native Americans spread across 25,000 square miles of land with about 40 percent without inside running tap water and/or toilet along with 44 percent of the youth in poverty.  It is estimated that the average American home consumes 100 gallons of water per day while the average Navajo home consumes seven (7) gallons per day.  Or putting it another way, todays toilet uses 3.5 to 5 gallons per flush. So, two (2) flushes per day can exceed a day’s use of water. And what about: Laundry? Bathing? Cooking? Having a glass of water?
 
The home installation consists of a solar panel, battery, in-ground 1,200-gallon cistern, water pump, filter, heater and sink at a cost of $4,500 per home.  These 33 home installations are located on the eastern side of the Navajo Nation within a 70-mile radius of Thoreau, New Mexico.  The last home installation is scheduled for September 26th.