The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), whose nonprofit International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IWSH) Foundation has helped bring water and sanitation to the Navajo Nation through multiple Community Plumbing Challenges (CPC), strongly supports S. 1207, the
Navajo Utah Rights Settlement Act of 2019. The Senate recently passed S. 1207, and it now heads to the House of Representatives for approval.
Introduced by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and co-sponsored by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the bill ratifies and modifies the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Agreement negotiated between the Navajo Nation, the United States, and Utah. The agreement gives the Navajo Nation the right to use water from sources located within Utah and adjacent to or encompassed within the boundaries of the Navajo Reservation resulting in depletions not to exceed a specified amount annually.