by Joseph H. Hoover, Chris Shuey, Johnnye Lewis


Less than 1% of the US population lacks household access to a safe and reliable drinking water supply (Navajo Housing Survey, 2007); however, approximately 14% American Indian/Alaska Native homes lack household water supply (USEPA, 2010). For individual tribes such as the Navajo Nation, this frequency can exceed 30% (about 54,000 people).

The Navajo Nation is the site of extensive historical resource extraction. Uranium mining for the Cold War occurred throughout the Navajo Nation and there remains a legacy of more than 1,100 abandoned mine features.

Navajo communities have expressed concerns about the impact of uranium mining and waste on the land, water and human health.

Drinking water is one possible exposure pathway for Navajo Nation residents.

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University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Community Environmental Health Program (UNM-CEHP), College of Pharmacy, Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC), Albuquerque, NM.