Waterline Extension Project Connects Navajo Homes to Running Water

Navajo Waterline Extension Project
Navajo Nation President Dr. Buu Nygren was joined by Ganado Chapter President Marcarlo Roanhorse (left), Legislative District Assistant Philandra Nelson (second from right), and Ganado Project Supervisor Larry Tsosie (right) in signing the Ganado Chapter Waterline Extension Project.

WINDOW ROCK, AZ – Ganado Chapter officials recently met with Navajo Nation President Dr. Buu Nygren to sign the Ganado Chapter Waterline Extension Project that will bring running water to homes within the Ganado Chapter in the Navajo Nation. The subrecipient agreement was approved by Navajo Nation Council Resolution CD-61-22, which is an amendment to Legislation 0110-23, the Navajo Nation Fiscal Recovery Fund Delegate Region Fund Plan for Honorable Vince R. James’ Delegate Region.

The $1.7 million project is funded by Navajo Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding allocated to the Navajo Nation. Each Navajo Nation Delegate region was allotted $8,802,340 as part of the $2.1 billion ARPA distribution the Nation received.

The Ganado Chapter Waterline Extension Project was sponsored by Delegate James to improve the health of constituents within the communities he represents. The resolution recently completed the extensive 164(B) review process and was then forwarded to the President for approval to fund the legislation.

Delegate James collaborated with Ganado Chapter President, Marcarlo Roanhorse; Ganado Project Supervisor, Larry Tsosie; and Legislative District Assistant, Philandra Nelson. Tsosie was instrumental in executing the field work to identify 114 homes within the Ganado Chapter that needed a waterline. Some homes identified are located less than a quarter mile from the main waterline while the majority are in rural areas. 

Once the FRF Office releases the funds, Roanhorse said the Ganado Chapter will identify options to secure contractors and rapidly connect the waterlines to as many homes as possible. Roanhorse stated that the project was an enormous task and expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in keeping this project moving through the channels.

“I am excited to sign it – it is one of my biggest efforts to speed up the (164) subrecipient process to be an efficient government,” said President Nygren. “I have also been stressing with my team that after I sign, let’s get it processed and the monies allocated.”