Confronting Water Poverty in the US

DIGDEEP often works with poor, isolated communities in places like South Sudan and Cameroon to build sustainable water projects—but recently, a donor alerted the NGO to troubles closer to home.

To get clean water, LaTanya Dickson has to lug refillable 3-gallon jugs into the nearest town, 20 miles from her home across the desert, and pay to fill them up. She lives in northern Arizona, on the Navajo Nation.

Now, DIGDEEP is bringing water and indoor plumbing to Navajo families. In all, almost 2 million people in the US suffer from ‘water poverty,’ and about 1 million US children lack safe running water at home.

Public Radio International

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