Why Fixing the Nation’s Water Crisis and Combating a Pandemic are Linked

Why Fixing the Nation’s Water Crisis and Combating a Pandemic are Linked

Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic requires access to safe, clean water. While some Americans decry their "loss of freedom" by being told to wear a mask in public spaces, others don’t have the freedom to wash their hands with clean water.

Water is necessary for life. Up to 60 percent of the adult human body is water. Water regulates our body temperature and metabolizes and transports carbohydrates and protein in the … [more…]

How a purple school bus brings clean drinking water to Navajo Nation

photo: How a purple school bus brings clean drinking water to Navajo Nation

Photo: Mark Henle/azcentral.com

Video (see link below): Mark Sorensen, Star School co-founder, talks about an old school bus that was converted into a solar-powered water desalination system to purify well water for residents on the Navajo Nation.

Many in the Navajo Nation don’t have running water and the well water often isn’t safe to drink. Residents turn to bottled water, which can be expensive, while some see desalination as a

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Water Hole: No running water on Navajo Nation reservation

Water Hole: No running water on Navajo Nation reservation

Navajo Nation members have scarce access to running water in Monument Valley, which spans Arizona and Utah. (Photo by Ethan Millman/Cronkite News)

On the outskirts of Monument Valley, touching the Arizona-Utah border, a water well is encased in a brick building behind a barb-wired fence. A few cattle graze nearby, mooing to occasionally pierce the quiet. Residents say the well is one of two in the area, a couple miles

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Animas

Animas

The Animas River flows through the mountains of Southwestern Colorado, through what was once the undisputed land of Ute and Navajo people before the encroachment of miners in the 19th century. In 2015, the EPA was performing maintenance on the abandoned Gold King Mine when it accidentally released three million gallons of wastewater contaminated with heavy metals into the river, turning it a bright orange and threatening agriculture, tourism, and

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Navajo Nation: Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn’t Stink

On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That's Doesn't Stink

At Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education in St. Michaels, Ariz., the tap water sometimes runs yellow, brown and black. On the Navajo Nation, kids with the most severe developmental disabilities attend a school called Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education. Dameon David, 8, is waking up from a nap in his classroom. He has come to the school in northeastern Arizona for four years. He has cerebral palsy, seizures

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