Special education facility in St. Michaels experiencing water crisis; charity trying to raise funds

Posted at 5:29 AM, Mar 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-24 09:34:25-04

For more than five years, St. Michael's Association for Special Education has been dealing with a water crisis on campus, and for the first time in a long time, relief may be on the way.

High levels of lead and arsenic have forced students and staff at this school on the Navajo Nation to adjust to a new norm. Students have to haul bottles of water daily so it can be used for basic necessities and to clean medical equipment.

James Conner, the school's education director, believes the source of the problem is the plumbing and the wells used to collect water. Conner says local water authorities have tried to help, but unfortunately, they don't have the resources to fix the problem.

When the charity DigDeep heard about the problem, the folks there offered to help. They are now raising money to build a water treatment facility for the school.            

The school serves two dozen special needs students along with 30 adults with special needs. If you would like to help, click on the donation page.

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