Thank you for your generous gift! This report will introduce you to Jimmy and Shirley Emerson and the impact you've made in their lives.
Welcome to Northwestern New Mexico, just off of Route 66 near the Continental Divide. Jimmy and Shirley call this beautiful place home.
Unlike most families, the Emerson’s have always struggled to get enough clean water to do basic things like take a bath or cook a meal.
But not any more.
All of that changed when you and DIGDEEP brought them running water for the first time ever.
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When we imagine life without clean water, we often think of places like Sub-Saharan Africa - communities that barely resemble our own. But at last count, an estimated 1.7 million Americans still don't have clean, running water or a flush toilet at home.
American families without clean water live lives totally different from yours. They wake up and collect water from a source outside their home, fetching it in buckets and boiling it on the stove. When desperate, many haul water from unsafe sources contaminated with bacteria, arsenic or even uranium.
DIGDEEP is the only global water organization working on projects here in the US. We're starting that work on the Navajo Nation. By focusing on low-tech, high-impact solutions, DIGDEEP is making a big impact in this area.
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Jimmy and Shirley Emerson, both in their early seventies, have lived in their trailer in Thoreau for 25 years. All these years, their trailer lacked running water. Over the years, they had hauled water from a few different sources. First, they hauled from a local well, but it eventually dried up. After that, they would haul water from St. Bonaventure. If the water there were to ever dry up, Jimmy and Shirley would have to travel to Gallup in order to haul clean water.
Now, with the help of you and DigDeep, Jimmy, Shirley, and their dog Odie finally have running water in their home. The first thing they did once the water finally flowed from their own tap was wash dishes, then cook. With the time they save not having to haul water, they’re also able to spend more time watching and listening to the news. Overall, they’re very happy. To everyone who made this possible, Jimmy and Shirley say thank you, for everything.
CHAPTER: THOREAU CHAPTER, NAVAJO NATION
LOCATION: NEW MEXICO
GPS: 35.408342, -108.202415
COMPLETED: JULY 6, 2018
TECHNOLOGY: CISTERN AND SOLAR
SOURCE: WATER TRUCK
LOCAL ALLY: ST. BONAVENTURE
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Every DIGDEEP project uses a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) that measures the way water access achieves other key goals like health, gender equity, and access to education.
Every DIGDEEP project is community-led and uses locally-appropriate technology. Benefiting families contribute labor and resources, participate in the installation, and are trained to use and maintain the equipment we install.
This water system is one small part of the larger Navajo Water Project - a multi-million dollar initiative to bring clean, running water to hundreds of families in Northwest New Mexico.
We're investing in home water systems, solar solutions, water trucking programs and new clean water sources like wells.
Explore the whole Navajo Water project by visiting the website: digdeep.org/navajo
DIGDEEP believes in real empowerment, measurable impact and radical transparency.
We use 100% of every donation to support to communities in need. The families we serve do their part too, by contributing supplies and labor.
When we work together, we can do amazing things.
This project uses cistern and pump technology, a reliable water storage and delivery solution for remote areas. Because this home doesn't have electricity, we power the pump with a solar panel and battery array.
We also installed solar-powered LED lights to light the home at night.
Water is delivered bi-monthly to a 1200 gallon cistern buried two feet underground. By burying the cistern, water is protected from sunlight, contamination and freezing.
Water is then pumped into the home by a direct current pump, through a particulate water filter, propane water heater and into a sink.
Each cistern system is built with the help of the benefitting family, who are taught to maintain and upgrade their system as needed. The Navajo Water Project uses local labor and sources local parts when available.
Now that you've seen the incredible impact your gift can have, why not give again?
It costs $14 a month to deliver water to this house. And there are hundreds of families like this one waiting for a water system of their own.
We'll use 100% of your gift on another project like this one, and we'll send you another impact report.