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BernCo Provides Non-potable Water to Residents of To'hajiilee


Residents of the Navajo community To'hajiilee are able to water crops and provide drinking water for animals because of a water tank Bernalillo County provided.

On Friday, April 10, the New Mexico State Emergency Operations Center requested that Bernalillo County send a water truck and a driver to aid residents of To'hajiilee.

The county delivered a 7,000 gallon, non-potable water tanker later that day. The water was to be used for livestock, watering crops and washing but is not drinkable for humans.

The water pressure of To’hajiilee’s only working well was not high enough to get water out to some of the far regions of the reservation, and due to COVID-19 challenges, the Navajo Nation was unable to provide immediate emergency support.

Five of the six wells that have provided water to this community have run dry over the years and the sixth well is producing undrinkable water, so the residents have been drinking bottled water.

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has been providing water tankers for To’hajiilee since March 13, due to the shortage of bottled water, created by panic buying and hoarding associated with the coronavirus outbreak on the reservation.

“We would like to thank Bernalillo County for their fast response in getting the water to us,” says To'hajiilee Chapter spokesperson Blaire Platero. “It was a big help to our people in the area.”

To'hajiilee is located in the NW corner of Bernalillo County on the Navajo reservation. 

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