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Safe Water For Everyone, Every Where

Safe Water For Everyone, Every Where


Safe Water to drink – protecting our children forward seven generations, that is what it is about. and reducing the number of health problems associated with ingesting too many of these contaminants. It is also about dignity. Access to clean drinking Water is a human right. And the legacy of uranium contamination is very ugly.

Water is the first medicine.  Water makes a way for us to come into this world. Throughout the world indigenous women knelt on the ground when they gave birth. The first thing that happened was their “Water broke”. Water flowed out onto the ground and sanctified the spot where the Earth was going to receive life. That is how important Water is. When Death makes it claim the body is washed in Water and put away back into the Earth.

In order to have healthy bodies we must have healthy Water. Nothing survives without Water in some form.

The Navajo Nation estimates that up to 30% of the population (approximately 54,000 people) do not have piped water to their homes. These residents haul water either from safe watering points or from unregulated sources, such as livestock wells and springs. The number of unregulated water sources is estimated to be in the low thousands.

NNEPA policy prohibits the use of unregulated sources for human consumption because these sources are not routinely tested and regulated in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. These unregulated sources are susceptible to bacterial contamination, including fecal coliforms. Some of these unregulated water sources exceed drinking water standards for uranium and other chemicals. Nevertheless, human consumption of unregulated water is reportedly widespread due to a lack of public water systems in the more remote and sparsely populated regions of the Navajo Nation. The use of unregulated water sources is the greatest public health risk associated with drinking water for the Navajo Nation.

Water Sampling Results in the Navajo Nation

These documents provide more information about EPA’s work to provide safe drinking water to communities affected by uranium contamination.

Contaminated Unregulated Water Sources (PDF)(2 pp, 34 K, November 13, 2012)

This is a table with the results of testing of water sources in the Navajo Nation.

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