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.
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This is a new program and there are many opportunities for EWB members to get involved.  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, click on the links below.  To volunteer for the project or get more information,  contact the Project Lead Malcolm Siegel (505-844-5426 or  msiegel@sandia.gov).

Project planning info

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