THE WATERED stands for Water Acquisition Team for Every Resident and Every Dinè.
Our organization was formed as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world and the news of the dire situation on the Navajo Nation came to the attention of caring people with family living within the Nation lines.
The Navajo Nation is an American Indian Territory spanning about 17,544,500 acres, occupying portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico in the United States. This interdependent community has been especially hard hit with cases of COVID-19 spreading quickly within multigenerational households, across a very rural landscape.
30-40% of residents do not have access to indoor plumbing to allow for frequent hand washing recommended by the CDC to help mitigate the transmission of diseases such as COVID-19 .
The reasons for the lack of indoor plumbing infrastructure are varied, and largely political and monetary.
The people of the Navajo Nation cannot wait for the pipeline to be built. They need the means to wash their hands as soon as possible. Thus our mission was born.
THE WATERED works to provide and assemble portable hands-free hand washing stations access to fresh clean water to every resident and every dinè of the Navajo Nation.
We purchase, assemble, and deliver complete hands-free hand washing stations to households that do not have access to indoor plumbing.
Given a population of approximately 175,000 Navajo Nation residents (and assuming an average four person household), we estimate there are approximately 17,500 homes without indoor plumbing.