In April, the Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $10.75 million construction contract for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. Now under construction, the project will provide 37,376 acre-feet of water annually from the San Juan River Basin to more than 43 Navajo chapters, including Fort Defiance in Arizona, the city of Gallup, NM and the Teepee Junction area of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. Those areas rely on rapidly depleting groundwater of poor quality that is inadequate to meet current demands.

The project will include 280 miles of pipeline, several pumping plants, and two water treatment plants. The first water delivery to Navajo communities could occur in two or three years.

In the short term, the project is expected to create hundreds of high-paying construction jobs; in the long-term, the permanent water supply will improve the quality of life and offer greater economic security for the Navajo Nation,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in announcing the award.

More than 40 percent of Navajo households rely on hauling water to meet their daily needs. The project is projected to provide an adequate supply of water to support a population of approximately 250,000 people by the year 2040.




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