Helping to provide families with access to clean running water at home

More than 2 million people living in the United States are living without running water or plumbing.  

Indigenous communities, like the Navajo Nation, are the most hard hit: One in three Navajo families spend part of their day hauling water home, and they pay 67 times more for the water they haul versus piped water. This is just one of many reasons why we have partnered with DigDeep to help provide access to clean running water. DigDeep is a national human rights nonprofit serving Americans living without running water or sanitation at home.  

We have donated $50,000 to support DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project, which provides clean water to those most in need on the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The reservation is home to 173,000 people, 30% of whom are living without running water or a toilet in their homes. 

“Everyone has a right to pure water, clean air, and a solid foundation for wellness. We want to raise awareness of this issue and be water warriors for the greater good,” said Katie Williams, Co-CEO at Ideal Living. “We strive to uplift families and communities through access to clean, healthy drinking water, which is why we are excited to partner with DigDeep to fight for these basic human rights and serve those most affected by adverse environmental conditions.”

DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project is a community-managed utility alternative that brings running water to homes that are not connected to piped water or sewer lines. The Navajo Water Project is Indigenous-led and Indigenous-staffed, run by Navajo Water Project Executive Director and Diné activist Emma Robbins.

“Our work is driven by community,” said Emma Robbins, “We are proud to hire locally, design solutions that are unique to the residents we serve, and partner with other community organizations to tackle this challenge. It’s truly a team effort because, in Navajo culture, it’s imperative that we care for our elders, the land, and future generations.”

Please watch this video featuring Emma Robbins, in which she shares how DigDeep has helps provide running water to the Navajo Nation through their Navajo Water Project.