|Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency • Public Water Systems Supervision Program
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Several Navajo Nation Chapters are in need of access to safe drinking. The
Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency’s Public Water Systems
Supervision Program (PWSSP) understands that many Navajo families use
unregulated water sources for drinking water and general domestic use. The
unregulated water sources include livestock wells and spring sources.
These sources are not sampled on a regular basis so the water quality is
unknown. Livestock wells were installed for livestock use only. Many of the
unregulated water sources were found to have elevated levels of heavy
metals, total coliform (bacteria), and e. Coli (bacteria found in feces). These
contaminants pose a public health threat.
The Navajo EPA’s PWSSP recommends that chapters draft a resolution
requesting for a regulated watering point in their communties. The resolution
should identify potential locations of the watering point. Furthermore, it is
assumed that the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority will operate and maintain
these watering points. The resolution should be written by and be approved
by the chapter.
PWSSP is available for technical assistance. If you have any questions,
please contact the PWSSP at 928-871-7755.