At a ceremony on April 25, the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority was presented with more than $7 million in loan and grant funding for upgrades to the current Navajo Nation wastewater system according to a Nation press release.
The current system handling the Nation’s wastewater was built in 1974 and has become outdated and no longer meets the Environmental Protection Agency requirements without proper upgrades.
Alan Stephens, Arizona State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented the certificate to the Tribe and NTUA officials and noted that the upgrades would bring the current system back into EPA compliance while providing capacity for potential growth.
Communities within the Navajo Nation to see gain the most from the upgrades will be Window Rock, St. Michaels and Ft. Defiance according to the release.
The total project cost is around $9.3 million.
According to the release, the project is seen as critical for the areas needs.