The DigDeep Right to Water Project

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.digdeep.org

Mission

DIGDEEP is a non-profit organization working to ensure that every American has clean, running water forever.

Ruling year info

2013

CEO & Founder

Mr. George McGraw

Main address

PO Box 26779

Los Angeles, CA 90026 USA

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EIN

46-0686920

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

DigDeep is a non-profit organization working to ensure that every American has clean running water forever. Every American should have clean, running water at home. In fact, most people believe that’s already the case. But today, more than half a million households–or roughly 1.6 million Americans–lack the basic dignity of hot and cold running water, a bathtub or shower, or a working flush toilet. Tens of millions more don't have clean water that’s safe to drink. Recent evidence suggests that the number of Americans living in water poverty may in fact be growing. This situation contributes to chronic disease, especially in infants and the elderly. Impacted communities pay more per-gallon for clean water and spend more time collecting it, making it harder for them to escape the cycle of poverty. Some suffer hygiene or water-related illnesses that make it difficult to keep a job or go to school. All of this creates shame and social stigma.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Navajo Water Project

The Navajo Water Project is a community-managed utility alternative that brings hot and cold running water to homes without access to water or sewer lines on the Navajo Nation.

It's the first system of its kind in the United States.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

US Water Prize 2018

US Water Alliance

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of water projects built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Adults

Related Program

The Navajo Water Project

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of low-income households who have received utilities assistance to keep the lights, heat and/or water on in their homes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

The Navajo Water Project

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

DigDeep is a non-profit organization working to ensure that every American has clean, running water forever. We believe that by working together, every American family can achieve clean, running water in our lifetime, and that by learning to better care for our water resources, we can make them last for future generations.

DigDeep is the only water access organization working in the United States, where more than 1.6 million Americans still don't have clean, running water or basic plumbing at home. DigDeep designs community-led water and sanitation (WASH) projects that serve American families, schools and community centers. Our work currently focuses on the Navajo Nation.

DigDeep also runs a number of research, advocacy and education programs to educate Americans about this poorly understood problem, to catalyze a broad base of actors around solutions, and to help DigDeep plan future projects both on and off the Navajo Nation.

Our governing objective is to end the U.S. water crisis in our lifetimes.

DigDeep believes that we can give all Americans the tools to develop and manage their own water access networks in an open, participatory way by utilizing low-cost technologies that are easy to deploy and manage. By doing so, we can increase their agency, putting Americans back at the center of decision-making around their water resources.

We can solve this problem in our lifetimes. To kick-start that process digdeep.org was founded as the first and only community WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) organization in the U.S. DigDeep's model has four pillars:
I. Advance community-led solutions: by deploying proven WASH strategies to ensure that every American has clean, running water forever.
II. Develop an evidence base: by collecting, sharing and leveraging domestic WASH data to inform our progress toward universal access.
III. Mobilize America: by empowering people to solve this problem in our lifetimes.
IV. Build an ecosystem of change: by facilitating high impact collaboration to lead a diverse, sustainable movement.

Community Engagement & Appropriate Technologies: Our projects are entirely community-led and empower local communities to develop and manage their own water access networks in an open, participatory way by utilizing low-cost technologies that are easy to deploy and manage.

WASH engineering: DIGDEEP is the first organization of its kind in the domestic WASH space. The Navajo Water Project marks the first time proven WASH strategies from the developing world have been leveraged in the US, where infrastructure is typically expended by government and industry. Our water system is the first system of its kind in the United States.

Impact tracking: DIGDEEP releases yearly Impact Reports which include an overview of our growth, projects, and accomplishments throughout the year. Impact reports can be found online here: http://digdeepimpact.org/2018.

Curricular programs: DIGDEEP’s curricular programs educate Americans on how to make their water resources last. Every person needs at least four liters of water a day to cook, clean, drink and bathe according to the World Health Organization. Americans facing water poverty often survive on just four liters of water – while most other Americans use nearly 400. DigDeep’s 4Liters campaign challenges participants to live off of only four liters of water for 24 hours, and simultaneously, educates the public on water usage and preservation in the US.
Nationally, our work compliments efforts to promote legislative responses to water quality issues (ex. Community Water Center), to provide training and resources to rural communities facing water / wastewater issues (ex. SERCAP, RCAP) and to advance equity within traditional utilities (US Water Alliance).

Research: We are preparing a national “hotspot” research study with the U.S. Water Alliance to better understand critical WASH needs at various hotspots around the country. This study is the first of its kind ever conducted on WASH needs in the US, and its research will inform the way we scale off-reservation and open the space for other actors.

Advocacy: To ensure DIGDEEP works to mobilize America by empowering young people to solve this problem in their lifetimes and in doing so, builds an Ecosystem of Change by facilitating high-impact collaboration to lead a diverse, sustainable movement.

Our work began on the Navajo Nation, one of the hardest-hit pockets of water poverty in the country. The Navajo Water Project currently brings clean, hot-and-cold running water to 250 families across nine chapters (local governmental units) in rural New Mexico. In June 2018, the Navajo Water Project expanded into a new cluster of towns in Arizona and Utah. We’ve also invested in a number of one-off projects on the Navajo Nation that serve places like schools and families with special needs.

We won the 2018 US Water Prize for advancing sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to water challenges in America and working to secure a sustainable water future for all.

In November 2019 we’ll release the first national study on Americans without access to water and sanitation, including an action plan to close the “water access gap” forever.

We’re currently developing new, community-led water projects in areas of need identified in our national research.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It can sometimes be difficult to get specific feedback from our clients--as opposed to general notes,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The DigDeep Right to Water Project

Board of directors
as of 7/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steve McCormick

George McGraw

CEO & Founder, DigDeep

Steve McCormick

DRK

Laurie Peter

MSW

Jay Wicklund

Trident Construction Group

Gloria Cordero

Los Angeles Metropolitan Water Board

Ann Marie Chiscilly

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

Dain Hansen

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials

Amy Herskovitz

Fortitude Fund

Edna Primrose

Aspen Institute

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2020

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Leadership

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