Navajo Water Project
The Navajo Water Project is a community-managed utility alternative that brings hot and cold running water to homes without access to water or sewer lines. It’s the first system of its kind in the United States. The Navajo Water Project is Indigenous-led, and registered as an official enterprise on the Navajo Nation. The work creates meaningful, high-paying jobs, many with benefits like 100% employer-paid health coverage.
The project 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, new project offices were opened in Navajo Mountain, UT and Dilkon, AZ as the work continues expanding across the Navajo Nation.
* Project supports urban water use efficiency AND raises public awareness of water issues and/or provides community benefits