The Navajo Water Project is Indigenous-led, and registered as an official enterprise on the Navajo Nation. Their work creates meaningful, high-paying jobs, many with benefits like 100% employer-paid health coverage.
Their work began with a single family in Thoreau, NM — the Bensons — and has grown to serve more than 250 families across 9 towns in New Mexico alone. In 2018, they opened new project offices in Navajo Mountain, UT and Dilkon, AZ as we continue expanding across the Navajo Nation.
Clean running water on the Navajo Nation has been an ongoing challenge for decades, and even today one in three families still do not have a sink and a toilet. The Navajo Water Project was started in 2014 to address these problems, but the COVID-19 pandemic has severally compounded the health consequences faced by native communities, which have been enduring some of the highest infection rates in the US. Emma Robbins, Director of the Navajo Water Project, will discuss the challenges of accessing clean water on the Navajo Nation during the global pandemic.