FLAGSTAFF – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said July 9 that $90 million in recovery funds for drinking and wastewater projects across Indian Country will benefit thousands.
Jackson says the recovery funds will provide for 95 wastewater and 64 drinking water projects that will address long-standing issues in tribal communities.
The U.S. Indian Health Service estimates that 10 percent of homes on Indian reservations and Alaska Native communities lack safe drinking water or wastewater disposal facilities.
Alaskan communities are set to get nearly $28 million. The Navajo Nation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona will the largest single chunk of the funds at $13.3 million.