Water Equity Clearinghouse



DIGDEEP is a human rights nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every American has clean, running water forever. DIGDEEP is working to make clean water more available and more sustainable in every community. The organization works with communities through education and advocacy programs as well as water access projects. In areas without clean, running water or basic plumbing, DIGDEEP empowers American communities to build and manage low-cost systems that bring safe water into homes, schools, and community centers. Our water projects are community-based and community led, and designed to measurably improve human rights standards like health, gender equity, and economic development. Beyond that, DIGDEEP designs experiences that help Americans form a deep and lasting connection to the water by investing in curricula, brand partnerships, events, and digital assets to help people better understand and care for our water resources.

Efforts to Advance Water Equity

DIGDEEP works in a number of marginalized communities around the nation. One of the organization’s most notable projects is the Navajo Water Project, which aims to bring running water and solar power to families on the Navajo Nation. With 40 percent of Navajo people lacking access to running water, DIGDEEP has catalyzed efforts in the community to remedy this inequity. The organization has worked on engineering a new well, treating and pumping water into trucks to be better transported to homes, and installing home cisterns in over 200 homes on the Navajo Nation. DIGDEEP partners with local organizations to ensure that these projects truly serve the community. Community members and local leaders advise the project through quarterly meetings, and homeowners are trained to maintain their systems. The community will manage the finished project in partnership with St. Bonaventure Mission.

Aside from its work directly in communities, DIGDEEP also works to spread the message about water equity. For example, DIGDEEP manages an innovative, social media-based campaign called the 4Liters Challenge—named for the amount of water many Americans living in poverty survive on regularly. The campaign is intended to spread awareness about the value of water, especially to those living in poverty, and challenge people to understand the embodied value of water by trying to live on only four liters, or one gallon, of water per day.