WATER IS LIFE - Turtle Island United
On January 4th, we launched Water is Life Fundraiser on Facebook, to continue supporting our Navajo brothers and sisters with clean water solutions. Turtle Island United commenced in May of 2020 in response to the challenges Native communities faced as a result of COVID-19, providing many pounds of PPE, medicines, food and winter gear to 15 communities across 6 states, and it is still ongoing.
The Navajo Nation is disproportionally affected by COVID-19, having the highest infections per capita due to 30% of people having no access to running or clean water at home.
The lack of clean water has left the Navajo and other local
tribes languishing in poverty, while access to it has been the single enabling factor for population booms in the Southwest' desert cities, with water being used for the needs of Las Vegas' operations, misting wands at chain restaurants, and acres of alfaalfa and cotton farms in the Sonoran Desert.
We have partnered with ZeroWater, which agreed to support Turtle Island United with filtration water pitchers and replacement filters by providing a deep discount. As a result, many household filters will go out to the Navajo families living in the most remote corners of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico next week, to be distributed by our Partners for Native Nations and Water Protectors, Bitahnii Wayne Wilson, JoAnn Whiting (K'eh Native Action), and Jim Standing Bear Wheatley.
ZeroWater filters provide 5-stage filtration system, removing and reducing suspended solids, organic contaminants, pesticides, herbicides, Mercury, Chlorine, Chloramine, Fluoride, as well as inorganic compounds such as heavy metals, nonmetals and radiological contaminants. https://zerowater.com/
ZeroWater filter has been ranked as one of the best performing household filters.