Mitt Romney responds. The family hauls water in gallon jugs and buckets. The pipes running to the tap are old and tend to break when they are put under too much pressure, a maintenance worker told The Salt Lake Tribune, so the water is dispensed slowly, filling a standard tank in roughly half an hour. Since April, DigDeep has distributed 262,000 gallons of bottled water, and helped 300 Navajo families get hot and cold running water. In decades past, more water sources were available in San Juan County that allowed for shorter travel time for families hauling water, Rock said, but many wells have been contaminated by nearly a century of uranium and vanadium mining near Monument Valley and oil and gas drilling in the southeastern corner of Utah near Montezuma Creek and Aneth. “We’ve heard that women are more liable to be affected by shortages of personal protective equipment, or lack of training in how to use PPE,” McIsaac says. Rock discovered uranium contamination in the water supply of Sanders, Ariz. it remains the second-largest radioactive disaster in world history, behind only the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown, over 500 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation, uranium exposure has led to devastating effects on communities in the area, but he said more public health studies, Provo High tried to move its homecoming game to Spanish Fork, but got rebuffed. And what’s worse, much of the available PPE, including full-body gear, is designed by men and is often not adaptable to women’s bodies, nor does it take into account their menstrual needs. Rock said there’s no question that uranium exposure has led to devastating effects on communities in the area, but he said more public health studies are needed to determine the full extent of the situation. The culture has persisted through devastating efforts by the US government to decimate the Navajo Nation — efforts which have deprived the nation of safe water for generations. Emma Robbins holds up the artwork of Rian Aumentado, 16, during an art project depicting water outside Naatsis’áán Chapter during the week of June 3. “I waited for two hours,” said Christopher Chee, a resident of the Oljato community who was at the tap in late June on his monthly trip to fill up water for his eight-person household. But the virus is spiking in states surrounding the Navajo Nation, prompting it to extend its lockdown. In April, Sasha Winslow, a registered nurse, joined other healthcare workers to protest dangerous working conditions at New York City hospitals. Navajo casino employees might stop receiving paychecks, Navajo Nation reports 50 more COVID-19 cases, 1 more death, The Navajo Nation closes government offices for another month, Remote Navajo Nation homes in Utah have running water for first time thanks to nonprofit DigDeep. Having a seat at the table makes all the difference, Robbins says. “I was very fortunate to grow up with running water in Tuba [City, Ariz.]. Buying bottled water was hard for a lot of people on the reservation, Robbins points out. The week of Robbins’ star-studded flight, COVID-19 infection rates on the reservation surpassed those in New York and New Jersey, making them the highest in the nation.