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Native Coalition Partners With Israeli Company to Bring Clean Water to Rural Navajo Community


Locals grab clean drinking water outside the Rocky Ridge Gas and Market in the Hard Rock Chapter of the Navajo Nation. (Photo/Germaine Simonson)

ROCKY RIDGE, Ariz. - The Rocky Ridge Gas and Market is the only store in a rural Navajo community in northeastern Arizona. It offers a variety of basic needs, including food, toilet paper and, most recently, clean drinking water. From a concrete pad next to the store, a pilot project from Watergen Inc. is providing a new water source to a community where access to water has been limited by drought, lack of infrastructure, and coal mining.

"Right now, we have people who are curious who read (about the project) through Facebook or whatever, and they're coming by and they're saying, 'We want to see it,'" Germaine Simonson (Navajo), the store's owner, told Native News Online. "Of course they want to see it, because they don't believe... and we've had people coming to take water. And so we just let them."

Watergen is an Israeli company that produces generators that capture and filter moisture from the air to provide drinkable water. The company donated one of its Gen-M generators to a community in the Hard Rock Chapter of the Navajo Nation as part of its mission to increase access to water around the world.


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