The Navajo Water Project, an initiative of the nonprofit organization DigDeep that was among the 2018 recipients of the U.S. Water Prize, will be the focus of IWSH’s 2018 international Community Plumbing Challenge from Oct. 22 to 26. The initiative’s goal is to help ensure that every American has clean, running water forever. The Navajo Water Project is hosted by the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School in Thoreau, New Mexico.
This Navajo Nation CPC will provide households in the Baca-Prewitt area of the reservation with access to water and improved sanitation. A team of tradespeople will execute plumbing and construction projects to improve living conditions in approximately 10 households nominated by DigDeep.
“While we invest millions in water projects abroad, most Americans don't know that millions of people right here in the United States still don't have clean, running water,” said George McGraw, founder and executive director of DigDeep. “In 2016, I was invited to give a keynote presentation at IAPMO’s annual Education and Business Conference, hosted that year in Albuquerque, during which I explained DigDeep’s position as the only global water organization working here in the United States. So now, less than two years later, we are very excited to host this latest edition of the international Community Plumbing Challenge to further impact the ongoing Navajo Water Project.”
Residents and vocational students will also be involved in the upcoming program. IWSH is recruiting team members, sponsors, and partners for October’s Navajo Nation CPC.