By Emma VandenEinde
Cronkite News 

Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project projected to serve thousands of people


Last updated 3/28/2022 at 3:07pm

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

The Cutter Water Treatment Plant was completed in 2020. It delivers clean water to 1,500 households in eight Navajo communities in New Mexico.

Phoenix, Ariz.-Arizonans are facing water shortages as the Colorado River declines, but Teddy Lopez and many other residents of the Navajo Nation have lived without easy access to clean water for decades.

Lopez, 66, has learned that nothing is guaranteed-with water or in life.

"I just take it one day at a time and try to work what I can, [and do] what I can do," said Lopez, who in August received news no one wants to hear.

"I have cancer, so I just take care of my family, I guess," said Lopez, who lives with his wife in Lybrook, New Mexico, and his daughter and grandchildren come to cook me...

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