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|North Pacific (446) (San Joaquin & Sacramento)
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the organization and its locations.
Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
Stakeholder Participation (SDG 6.b)
Includes tags from the organization and its locations.
Water-Related Vulnerability Assessments
Safe, Affordable Water
Women & Water
Leaving No One Behind
Communications & outreach
Stakeholder engagement & facilitation
|NGO / Civil Society
|Small (10 - 99 Employees)
The United States, the world’s most prosperous democracy, has a hidden water crisis: millions of Americans are living without running water or proper sanitation. Without working toilets, households in Appalachia are forced to flush sewage into nearby streams—streams that are often the only source of drinking water for others in their community, causing outbreaks of illness. Families on the Navajo Nation walk or drive miles to haul drinking water, which they ration for weeks …
The United States, the world’s most prosperous democracy, has a hidden water crisis: millions of Americans are living without running water or proper sanitation. Without working toilets, households in Appalachia are forced to flush sewage into nearby streams—streams that are often the only source of drinking water for others in their community, causing outbreaks of illness. Families on the Navajo Nation walk or drive miles to haul drinking water, which they ration for weeks at a time. Along the Texas border, colonias residents often spend more than a third of their monthly income on trucked water deliveries which may or may not be potable. Water poverty is an issue that many Americans see as an issue affecting only low-income countries far away and are completely unaware that the same crisis exists right in their own backyards.
Founded in Los Angeles in 2011, DigDeep’s mission is to ensure that every American has clean, running water forever. DigDeep began as a global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) implementer focused on a human rights-based approach to water and sanitation in South Sudan and Cameroon. In 2014, our focus shifted to Navajo communities — in rural Thoreau, New Mexico specifically — when our founder, George McGraw, first learned about the water access crisis in the United States. With that shift, DigDeep became the first US-based WaSH organization.
In 2018, DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project was awarded the US Water Prize, which celebrates outstanding achievement in advancing sustainable solutions to water challenges in the United States. Following this recognition, DigDeep led an effort with Michigan State University, the US Water Alliance, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the root causes of the domestic water crisis in 6 “hotspots” of fragile water access around the country. The resulting report, Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States, brought visibility to the water access gap and has guided DigDeep’s expanded programming and continued WaSH sector research and coalition building.
DigDeep’s mission is to close the water access gap forever, ensuring that every person in the United States has equitable access to basic water and wastewater services. The vision is that by working together, every American family can achieve equitable access to water and sanitation in our lifetimes and that by learning to better care for our water resources, we can make them last for future generations.
DigDeep’s impact model is based on a holistic, systems-change approach:
DigDeep believes that social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose.
DigDeep’s Closing the Water Access Gap report found that many households across Appalachia do not have running water, or their tap water is too dangerous to drink, especially in rural West Virginia. Many people drive long distances to buy bottled … Learn More
Along the US-Mexico border in Texas, approximately 500,000 people live in informal residential areas known as colonias (meaning neighborhood in Spanish), which often lack potable water, septic or sewer systems, electricity, paved roads, or safe and sanitary housing. Nearly two-thirds … Learn More
DigDeep’s first U.S.-based project, the Navajo Water Project, has brought hot-and-cold running water and solar power to more than 500 off-grid homes on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona for the first time. On the Navajo Nation … Learn More
DigDeep believes the U.S. needs a WaSH (water, sanitation & hygiene) Sector, where diverse organizations join forces with impacted communities to close the Water Gap forever. So DigDeep built this database of implementers, funders, academics, community champions, government agencies and … Learn More