BENEFITING: BETWEEN THE RIDGES
Help us test water on the Yakama Reservation! We want to be sure every family has clean drinking water and especially for children, pregnant women and seniors. Our testing is free and confidential.
In this beautiful lower Yakima Valley, approximately 20% of wells have nitrates in excess of the EPA limit for safe drinking water. On the Reservation are, many wells are old and shallow, and may also have coliform bacteria. Well testing is expensive so most families have not been able to afford it. Yakima County has offered free well testing the last few years - but not on the Yakama Reservation, which is about half of Yakima County..
We are especially happy to offer the lead testing for water, as almost all the homes we go to have children. Many of the houses are over 80 years old and probably have lead pipes. Also homes built from the 1960' to 1980's don't have lead pipes, but lead solder may have been used in the pipe connections.
We are working with Yakima Valley College, where the Chemistry Dept is providing the testing, which is incredible. We are testing well water for nitrates, coliform bacteria and lead on the Yakima Reservation lands. We need your help for funds to coordinate this free testing, and to do the community outreach so we can reach as many families as possible this summer. (We have already tested about 120 homes!).
We are also offering "remediation"; subject to our funding. Remediation means finding a fix for the water problem; well treatment for coliform bacteria, filters systems for lead and nitrates; help with well treatment for coliform bacteria and E Coli. A $400 donation helps us install a reverse osmosis system for a family that could otherwise not afford it.
This is a short term, urgent project as the college can only do the free testing until September 1 (We have an awesome PhD in Chemistry supervising that part, but she is back in school herself Sept 1). We will continue with the remediation (the fixes to specific problems) until October.
Can you helps us? $40 buys a tank of gas! (Our project manager drives about 350 miles a week getting water samples for the lab). A donation of $400 provides for one reverse osmosis filtration system for a family; or you may designate your donation for the overall project.
Priorities for this would be for Native American and immigrant families, low-income families, families with children, pregnant women and elders, all living on the Yakama Nation Reservation lands. Thank you for your support and your donation is tax-deductible!