Navajo Nation Projects

We are currently in discussion on our two current projects:
1) refurbishing and installation of solar thermal heaters in homes on the Navajo Reservation near Grants.
Navajo Nation Solar Heater Project Update

2) testing and treatment of drinking water sources for families in the Black Mesa area of the Navajo Reservation NE of Flagstaff
EWB Domestic Projects on the
Navajo Reservation:
Challenges and Opportunities

Update on EWB Projects with Forgotten People.
There are opportunities for helping in a variety of ways from hands-on repair and installation to field sampling to data analysis to fund raising and project planning. Please contact Malcolm at msiegel51@yahoo.com for more information.


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Nepal Project – School Water Supply

Bahunstan, Dhading Province, Nepal

EWB – Albuquerque Professionals Chapter

The EWB Albuquerque team arrived in Kathmandu on May 4, 2009 and where warmly received by fellow assessment team member Laura Welland, who has done extensive work in Nepal. The EWB Albuquerque team consisted of two engineers and a hydrogeologist. The primary objective of the site assessment trip was to evaluate the existing situation with respect to water supply and sanitation and develop alternative water supply solutions and or system improvements that will provide reliable, safe water to the school and community of Bahunstan in Dhading District, Nepal.

The goals of the assessment were:

  • Establish a relationship with EWB-Kathmandu staff and Room to Read staff in Nepal
  • Work to facilitate the establishment of a Water Supply and Sanitation Committee
  • Assess the existing water supply and sanitation conditions
  • Determine the water needs of the community
  • Develop alternative water supply solutions
  • Collect data to enable the evaluation of the various alternatives
  • Research underlying health concerns

The results of the assessment were:

  • EWB Albuquerque established a good relationship with both EWB Kathmandu and Room to Read staff and will work to further both groups abilities to assist in assessment of additional communities and check ups on villages in progress, such as Bahunstan.
  • The village of Bahunstan has an existing water committee and EWB Albuquerque will attempt to keep open communication with them going forward.
  • The team determined water quality and quantity is good, with potential issues during the rainy season.
  • Water needs for the community are a combination of better management of existing water resources combined with leak repair and potential improvement of storage and rainy season treatment.
  • Alternative supplies are not necessary as water quantity, when properly managed, should be sufficient.
  • Data for both water quantity and quality were collected and used in concert with community wishes to outline the path forward.

To contribute to assist the EWB Albuquerque chapter in work in Nepal please, Donate now.

Nepal Project

Bahunstan, Dhading Province, Nepal

The EWB Albuquerque team arrived in Kathmandu on May 4, 2009 and where warmly received by fellow assessment team member Laura Welland, who has done extensive work in Nepal. The EWB Albuquerque team consisted of two engineers and a hydrogeologist. The primary objective of the site assessment trip was to evaluate the existing situation with respect to water supply and sanitation and develop alternative water supply solutions and or system improvements that will provide reliable, safe water to the school and community of Bahunstan in Dhading District, Nepal.

The goals of the assessment were:

  • Establish a relationship with EWB-Kathmandu staff and Room to Read staff in Nepal
  • Work to facilitate the establishment of a Water Supply and Sanitation Committee
  • Assess the existing water supply and sanitation conditions
  • Determine the water needs of the community
  • Develop alternative water supply solutions
  • Collect data to enable the evaluation of the various alternatives
  • Research underlying health concerns

The results of the assessment were:

  • EWB Albuquerque established a good relationship with both EWB Kathmandu and Room to Read staff and will work to further both groups abilities to assist in assessment of additional communities and check ups on villages in progress, such as Bahunstan.
  • The village of Bahunstan has an existing water committee and EWB Albuquerque will attempt to keep open communication with them going forward.
  • The team determined water quality and quantity is good, with potential issues during the rainy season.
  • Water needs for the community are a combination of better management of existing water resources combined with leak repair and potential improvement of storage and rainy season treatment.
  • Alternative supplies are not necessary as water quantity, when properly managed, should be sufficient.
  • Data for both water quantity and quality were collected and used in concert with community wishes to outline the path forward.

This Project is complete.

Ramah Project

The Ramah Navajo Program includes the Ramah Navajo Water Treatment Project and the Solar Energy Project. The Water Treatment Project was approved by EWB-USA in early 2008; the Solar Energy grew out of the Water Treatment Project and started in 2010. The goal of the Water Treatment Project is to improve water treatment to the Pine Hill school community and the surrounding community through educational, technical and material assistance. During the first year of the Water Treatment Project, the water quality of 12 unregulated stock wells and 32 private wells used by local families who are not on the public water system was evaluated. Methods for purifying and monitoring the quality of water from stock wells used by water haulers will be tested with the assistance of community members, including students from the school. Pilot treatment tests will also be carried out to determine the best method to remove arsenic and radium from the school water system, which is the only public water source for the area. The new Solar Energy Project seeks to provide solar power and water to a training center for Navajo youth on the Oso Vista Ranch near the Reservation.

EWB members can provide assistance in water sampling and analysis and construction of both low-tech treatment and rain water harvesting equipment and more sophisticated pilot test equipment at the school. Educational outreach is a critical part of the project. EWB can lead educational activities, coordinated with Pine Hill School and Ramah Navajo Continuing Education, such as a water fair to educate the students and community about safe drinking water as well as teach the students about careers in various aspects of water treatment, engineering and public health. The project is being coordinated with the EWB UNM student chapter projects involving installation of solar power at the Ramah Navajo Weavers Hogan on the Pine Hill School campus.

For information about the Ramah Navajo Water Treatment Project, contact the Project Lead Malcolm Siegel.
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