Operation Water Freeze: Tribe Struggle to Bring Water Back

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 A t the end of Spruce Street here, two workers from Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority were digging a trench with shovels while noise from the nearby backhoe tractor echoed in the air.
After digging through asphalt and three feet of frozen ground, the men finally exposed the water pipe that feeds this cluster of housing.

Since last month, parts of the Navajo Nation have experienced below zero temperatures that have resulted in damage to waterlines, leading to a shortage of drinking water.

With nighttime temperatures dipping below zero, the ground froze deeper than normal and caused some buried waterlines to freeze.

In the daytime temperatures increased causing waterlines to thaw and the soil to shift resulting in waterlines breaking and leaking. Read more here.