La Vida Mission provides water to many Navajo in our area as well as supplying the mission.
Our water comes from a well sunk about 160 feet into an underground source of water running under the Chaco Wash. All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contamination by substances that are naturally occurring or man made. These substances can be microbes, inorganic or organic chemicals and radioactive substances. Last year, we conducted tests for over 80 contaminants in our drinking water.
La Vida Mission Certified Water Operators routinely monitor for constituents in the drinking water according to Federal and State laws. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health.
The concentration of fluoride in our water is the optimal concentration that dentists recommend for promoting strong teeth. While some water systems add fluoride to their water to achieve this concentration, ours comes naturally.
Thanks to thousands of children all over the country who have donated to "Bottles of Love" in their vacation Bible schools, we are hard at work improving the quality of our water. While it is safe to drink according to EPA standards, it has a bad taste and smell, stains clothing and appliances, and is detrimental to most plants. With the new filtration system we are currently installing, we will be able to offer to our community water of a much higher quality. We are grateful indeed to all those who have contributed to this most important project.