Mark Begay looks east across the horizon. He’s standing in front of To’hajiilee Chapter where several residents are handing out packs of bottled water.
From his vantage point, he envisions the route of a proposed water pipeline between To’hajiilee and Albuquerque, which could bring desperately needed fresh water to his community of around 2,500.
“All we need is an easement” through private land to connect to the city/county water system, explains Begay, the chapter’s president.
But, he said, the path to the waterway is blocked and has been for almost two years.