Client: Kenēw, LLC, and Construction in Indian Country (end user Navajo Tribal Utility Authority)
Location: Ojo Encino, Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle, and Huerfano, New Mexico, Navajo Nation
Site selection and right-of-way research
Site visit and evaluation
Coordinating with Navajo Nation agencies
Design, including access and drainage considerations
Construction in Indian Country (CIIC) is planning for the design and construction of at least 3 and up to 8 permanent water stations on the eastern side of the Navajo Nation. These locations will obtain water from connections to the Cutter Lateral, part of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which has existing capacity. Stations will be designed and constructed in coordination with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA).
Riley is employing our expertise with Navajo Nation agencies, knowledge of living conditions, and project management and design experience to refine the scope and schedule with the client. We will design the permanent water stations that will supply safe water that can be purchased through a simple card reader system. The stations will also have sufficient flow to support filling water delivery trucks. Indian Health Service (IHS) and Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) design criteria will be followed.
This project is important to the health and socioeconomic wellbeing of Navajo Nation members, as an estimated 20-30% of Navajo households do not have running water in their homes. Many Navajo families haul water from the nearest watering point back to their homes. Providing more permanent water stations will ease the burden of hauling water.