One of our goals at Indigenous Vision is to reduce water borne diseases threatening our elders and immune compromised individuals living on Indian reservations throughout the U.S. and Canada. We send emergency water relief to Indian families and culture camps that are on the frontlines of protecting the drinking water for millions of users downstream. Some Indian communities live under decade old boil water orders or in a state of emergency due to shortage or contamination.
In Arizona alone, hundreds of families on the Navajo Nation share a single spigot for drinking water, household use, livestock and gardening. Its estimated that 40% of Navajo Nation residents dont have access to running water. Those that do, live in fear of uranium contamination from abandoned mining. The Hopi Tribe is facing alarming cancer rates. Tribal officials estimate nearly two-thirds of residents drink arsenic contaminated water at four times the legal EPA safe drinking water limit. Just months ago, the White Mountain Apache Tribe declared a state of emergency due to water shortage. Donations of plastic bottled water were generously delivered, but plastic bottles litter our environment and add to the global crisis of plastic bottle pollution.
These substandard living conditions are unacceptable. This effort is to keep individuals safe and healthy while governments work through bureaucratic red tape and allocate the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to update or provide water lines to rural areas.
With the money raised from this campaign you can help deliver filters, rain barrels, and small water systems to our relatives living in emergency water situations. A single water system can filter 30 gallons per hour and does not contribute to plastic bottle waste! The filters can remove pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, and pesticide’s. Together we will combat water quality inequity in Indigenous communities with our emergency water system project!