Ep 76. Crisis x 2: Sourcing Water for the Navajo Nation during COVID-19

Crisis x 2 : Sourcing Water for The Navajo Nation during COVID-19

Show Notes

Welcome to Episode No. 76I hope you’re well and safe. 

Today’s show focuses on a community facing two crises at once. For weeks we have been told that our number one defense against COVID-19 is to wash our hands. But imagine being here in Canada, or the United States, arguably a couple of the most advanced countries in the world, and not having the water to put this mainline defense in motion.

During this episode, we check in with George McGraw, founder of DigDeep and the Navajo Water Project, to discuss how a lack of water resources is putting the already-vulnerable communities, like Navajo Nation, at even greater risk. We’ll also talk about a new study that will hopefully help better direct future infrastructure efforts in the US – and perhaps help spur on similar efforts here in Canada.

And tomorrow, Saturday, I’ll be airing another show featuring a conversation I had earlier today with Canadian labour lawyer, Shelley Brown from Toronto. We’ll be discussing the latest emergency measures here in Canada as they relate to workers and employers.

Should this episode move you to action, I’ve left some important links below.

Again, stay safe. Be well. ♡

George McGraw, founder of DigDeep and the Navajo Water Project, works on a sink installation with a young member of the Navajo community
George McGraw, founder of DigDeep and the Navajo Water Project, works on a sink installation with a young member of the Navajo community. Photo by DigDeep.
Today’s Guest

George McGraw, CEO, Dig Deep

George McGraw DIG Deep, and the Navajo Water Project
George McGraw
DIG Deep, and the Navajo Water Project

Today’s guest first joined our show in 2014 to discuss the mass water shutoffs taking place in the City of Detroit – he’s an advocate for water security and human rights. Some of you may know him from the 4L water challenge, where he challenged the public to live off of no more than 4L’s of water a day to raise awareness and funds to fight the water crisis that many marginalized communities now face in the United States. George is the founder of Dig Deep – and The Navajo Water Project, a community-managed utility alternative that brings hot and cold running water to homes without access to water or sewer lines. To donate to this vital cause, please visit the NavajoWaterProject.org

In 2019, DigDeep and the US Water Alliance completed the first national study of the existing water-access gap in the United States. You can download a copy of the report at https://closethewatergap.org/

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