Navajo Nation woman drives truck to deliver water to the people

Darlene Arviso delivers clean water to families on the Navajo Nation as often as she can. Photo from Navajo Water Project

One-third of the 50,000 households on the Navajo Nation don't have regular access to clean water, The New York Times reports.

That's where Darlene Arviso steps in. The 51-year-old tribal member drives a water delivery truck around the reservation, bringing much-needed water to countless numbers of grateful families as often as possible.

“We take what we can from the water lady,” Lindsay Johnson, 78, told the Times.

According to the paper, the average Navajo family lives on seven gallons of water a day. In California, the average is 362 gallons, the paper said.

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