This Grandma Drives 3,500-Gallon Tank 75 Miles a Day to Bring Clean Water to Parched Navajo Nation*

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This Grandma Drives 3,500-Gallon Tank 75 Miles a Day to Bring Clean Water to Parched Navajo Nation*

Known as “the water lady,” 50-year-old Darlene Arviso delivers clean water five days a week to 10 to 12 homes surrounding Thoreau, New Mexico. Using water from an on-site well at the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission, Arviso loads up the truck with 3,500 gallons of water, travels 75 miles and brings clean water to more than 250 families a month on the Reservation.

Nearly 40% of the estimated 173,000 Navajo tribe members living on the Reservation don’t have a tap or a toilet in their home. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the average American in the United States uses 80-100 gallons of water a day; whereas, Navajo families use 7 gallons a day to drink, cook, bathe and clean. The 300 gallons of water each household receives from Arviso — the…

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