"Deadly Water -- Black Falls: Water Sources, But None To Drink"

"BLACK FALLS, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has weathered severe drought conditions for about the last 20 years, so when a water source presents itself, the last thing usually considered is whether it might be contaminated. ...

Lillie Lane from Navajo Nation EPA and Zoe Heller from U.S. EPA spent weeks posting warning signs at springs and livestock watering points, and along with representatives of the DINEH Project conducted outreach at impacted chapters. ...

'Water from this well is not safe to drink,' the sign states.

'This water has been tested and found to exceed Navajo EPA and U.S. EPA human drinking water standards for uranium or other contaminants. Navajo Nation policy is that livestock-use-only wells are not to be used for human drinking water.'"

Kathy Helms reports for the Diné Bureau of the Gallup Independent, in the 2nd part of a 3-part series, June 1, 2009.

Source: Gallup Independent, 06/02/2009