Nalgene Water Fund Pledges Support to Combat Water Crisis on Navajo Nation
From your home to Navajo Nation, you can help by purchasing Nalgene’s new Tó éí iiná” (Water is Life) bottle
Rochester, NY – The Navajo Nation, America’s largest indigenous tribe, has more than 300,000 residents – the vast majority of whom do not have running water in their homes. Some must travel over two hours to a grocery store or community center for access to water. On average, Navajo Nation residents use about seven gallons of water a day – that includes drinking, cooking, bathing, and other hygiene. For reference, the average person in the U.S. uses about 100 gallons of water per day! For most in Navajo Nation, water is precious and must be transported into the home from an outside water source.
The Navajo Nation (Diné) people have a core belief that “Tó éí iiná” (Water is Life); and that water is truly sacred to all living things. Nalgene Outdoor, the “original” reusable water bottle that has encouraged a refill-to-reduce lifestyle for 70+ years, agrees! In 2019 Nalgene established The Nalgene Water Fund to help raise awareness that “access to clean water is a challenge that we face right here in the United States, right in our backyard. Not just in struggling nations abroad,” explains Elissa McGee, General Manager for Nalgene Outdoor.
The Nalgene Water Fund’s commitment to improve access to clean water in Navajo Nation encompasses two impactful efforts:
- The launch of the Nalgene Water Fund’s new Tó éí iiná” (Water is Life) bottle, from which $5 of every sale will benefit future solutions to combat the Navajo Nation water crisis. The new bottle features a striking landscape of Monument Valley by Navajo designer Jaden Redhair, 20, member of the Jemez Clan, and a life-long Navajo Nation, resident.
- Nearly $30,000 in funds and critical supplies to create sustainable long-term solutions:
- $15,000 to The Community Outreach & Patient Empowerment (COPE) Program, a Native-led community-based organization, to install six water filling stations across Navajo Nation, a notoriously rural area.
- COPE will also distribute 90 much needed Nalgene Carboys, 13 gallons reusable containers so Navajo residents can easily transport water from the refill stations. (Valued at $14,000.)
“The design symbolizes the sacred role water plays in the Diné people’s lives,” says Redhair. “I hope it draws attention to my people’s plight. Right now, on Navajo Nation more than 300,000 people struggle daily because they do not have access to running water.”
“We hope that through the sale of the new Nalgene Water Fund bottle, we help to raise awareness and support for the Diné people and create a lasting, life-changing impact on their health and well-being,” adds McGee.
Every Nalgene bottle is BPA- and BPS-free, durable, leak-proof, dishwasher safe and made in America with its tried and true, one bottle and one cap simple design that has become iconic to Nalgene.