‘We need water to survive’: Hopi Tribe pushes for solutions in long struggle for water

MISHONGNOVI — At the end of a dusty road, beside two water tanks in the desert shrubs, a windmill spins in the breeze.

From a spigot, water flows through a blue hose and gushes into a bucket.

When the water reaches the brim, Kayla Johnson heaves the bucket into the back of her family’s car. Her younger brother, Terron, holds the hose and keeps the stream running into a 5-gallon jug.

“We come here often,” said Kayla, a 17-year-old high school senior. “This water will last us about two days tops, depending on what we’re needing it for.”

At home, Kayla and her three siblings, their parents, grandparents and an uncle all depend on these buckets and jugs. They use the water for bathing, cooking, doing dishes, cleaning house and washing their dogs. Some of it they drink.


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